The house is a two story balloon-frame structure built on a concrete slab with steel reinforcements throughout for support. The strength of the steel reinforcement enables many opportunities for open, clear-story spaces. In addition exposed steel trusses in the interior are a structural element that holds up the floating, second-floor deck. These striking trusses, used throughout the house, maintain a constant theme and create an airy, open feel to the house.
The house's exterior is covered with painted Hardy Board with attached cedar bats (all exterior wood is clear western cedar). It also features a steel roof a non-reflective coating, and windows manufactured by Anderson with Bloomberg glass entry doors. Interior woods included walnut on the second floor and all cabinetry, pine decking for the ceilings, and Douglas fir for posts and beams.
The existing soil was removed and replaced with a highly compacted engineered fill which creates a stable base for the home and ensured a minimum of surface run off due to the dense clay composition of soil in this area. The resulting superior drainage provides a great base for landscaping. In addition, we built a concrete drainage swale between 228 Kelly Avenue and 224 Kelly Avenue. This provides good drainage between the properties.
Influenced by a master architect
This modern, deceptively simple-looking house paid homage to local
houses and barns. Designed by David & Hi-Jin Hodge, they give much credit to the late Charles Moore, with whom David collaborated on homes at The Sea Ranch, CA and in Cape Cod, (Orleans) Massachusetts. Charles' architecture focused on siting, transitions between rooms, and the use of natural light; and his approach had a large influence on the Kelly Avenue home.
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