The owners of Falls Terrace, came to us with three requirements, for their renovation; a new kitchen, a screen porch, and an outdoor terrace. Initially, due to budget constraints, they were unsure if they would be able to complete all phases, at one time. Nevertheless, they also asked us to formulate a master plan, to potentially build subsequent phases at a later date. Since Place and the clients already had a respect for the environment and sustainability, they had found the perfect architect to reflect their lifestyle.
Our schematic-design options ranged in size and scope, presenting many ideas to discuss and evaluate. Ultimately, in keeping with our not-so-big-house philosophy, the clients decided to bump-out the kitchen three feet, to make room for an island. Keeping the kitchen addition to a minimum, this enabled the project budget to include the screen porch and outdoor terrace.
Many sustainable products and ideas were implemented such as: soapstone countertops, quarried in Virginia and sealed with a matte finish to retain its natural quality; a butcher block area, recessed into the soapstone island, to create a central cooking space. The unseen items, that are vital to the building envelope, include Bonded logic-wall insulation [Ultratouch Denim Insulation] and PEX tubing under the new kitchen floor, for radiant heat.
Drainage and ponding issues had plagued the existing site for years. An underground storm-water management system was installed under and around the new terrace, to channel rainwater away from the upper yard. The terrace, made with local field-stone, sits on bluestone dust (an impervious surface that allows water to drain between the stones) eliminating massive water run-off.
Other sustainable features include: IPE decking for the screen porch and deck, cedar screen sashes, energy star Marvin windows, Benjamin Moore – No VOC paint, and FSC certified Bolivian Rosewood kitchen floor from Paraguay (this genuine rosewood, came from a tree with lots of turns in its branches; when cut, short lengths and colored grain patterns made for interesting contrast.
The collaboration on this team included: Contractor: Green Builders, Inc