In this post, Lake|Flato’s Phil Zimmerman explores two examples of contemporary architecture in San Antonio’s Lavaca District — a residential restoration by Poteet Architects, and new twin homes by Operative Ventures. These works both reflect and expand upon the building typologies in the historic neighborhood.
Open Envelope Studio
The first group of plants for landscape at Nina’s house.
Native Texas wildflower seeds, native western rangeland grass mix for the backyard, native buffalo grass for the front yard, wildflowers, vegetables and herbs grown from seed, and cactus from the neighbors next door.
With the site adaptability of the Dueling Porches becoming increasingly important, we have been exploring different roof options to further the flexibility of the front. We looked at additional options for the gabled roof as well as a hip roof. It became increasingly obvious that the hip option allows us to deal with the two “fronts” more similarly, so we decided to run with it. A hip roof has yet to be built in a 20K house, which makes it an exciting endeavor for our team!
After a few conversations with Buettner Bros. Truss Company and our heroic structural engineer Joe, we decided to go for the cantilever and get rid of the column and beam on the porches at last. Now we are able to have a continuous soffit with no interruptions on the porches. With the hip roof, the goal is to get the pitch as low as possible, creating a thin profile that extends out on every side.
With this proposal, the soffit is very important. Ideally, the soffit on the porches and around the house will look very similar to the interior ceiling. At the moment, we are looking at painted plywood for the soffit with a vent that runs just behind the fascia board. There is still some exploring to do to find the best option for making a visually appealing and efficient system.
Tom Kundig visited this week, who pointed out that with a white soffit running around the house, light could more easily be bounced in the house if the windows ran closer to the ceiling. As we continue to work, we will explore our window systems to optimize this new benefit.
Now that this is official, I’m happy you all know that I’ll be spending this upcoming summer working with the City of Bath in their Planning Department.
Bath is a great little gem of a town in Mid-Coast Maine with a rich history. It is home to Bath Ironworks, a company responsible for constructing much of the U.S Navy’s fleet and is known for its eclectic array of homes in Federalist, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival and Italianate styles.
Its Main Street was the winner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Great American Main Streets in 2012 for helping the “City of Ships” evolve into Maine’s “cool little city” by strengthening locally-owned businesses, promoting a rich calendar of events and highlighting its shipbuilding heritage.
Looking forward to a great summer!
We stopped here randomly on our road rip to Maine last summer. It was lovely.
A story on Maptia by Mari Jamadi (nomadichabit) â The process of block printing is not only painstakingly laborious but anciently beautiful. It has been perfected over more than 1,000 years.
Nina’s House update
We have started demolition, moving dirt and collecting materials. Piles! We tested out some new colors and have the house washed and ready to go for painting this weekend. We also brought some salvaged materials down from the Lone Oak Texas farm: limestone blocks and 100+ year old brick pavers we salvaged from Greenville Texas in 2005.
More visuals in the project flickr set: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjS5KTeX
Alys Beach Part 2
We took a tour with Andres Duany to visit Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach when we were in Seaside working. He’s so serious and hilarious at the same time.
Alys Beach Florida
More visuals on our flickr page: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjQdWzBr