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November 10, 2016
Location: Beaux Arts Village
Mason contractor: Tony Rodinger
Architect: Cutler Anderson Architects
General contractor: Alford Homes
Masonry supplier: Mutual Materials
This suburban 3,850-square-foot brick, steel and wood residence is located in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by homes from the 1950s and 1960s. The lot was home to seven magnificent Douglas fir trees, and the entire design of the home was created with a connection to the outside.
The residence itself was organized into two brick-clad wings with a central gathering space.
The mason fabricated the 35,000 bricks from pavers, rather than custom order, to keep costs low. To further emphasize the long horizontal lines of the brick wings, bed joints were deep raked while flush head joints were cut off and struck.
The small but secluded lot with its large trees and brick walls provides the owners with a sense of privacy in this dense but quiet neighborhood in Beaux Arts Village.
In addition to its honor award, the project garnered an award for truth in materials, which recognizes that materials should be used where most appropriate and their nature should not be hidden. Masonry, therefore, should not be painted, and it should be celebrated for its strength and natural aesthetic.