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Observation and a remarkable house

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Old Exterior view
New Exterior View
New Exterior View

Every space and building has it’s own character and its own history – its virtues and sometimes its vices. An integral part of preparing an Architectural design is to understand these qualities. Some things can be measured, like a survey (neighboring buildings, trees, rocks, and contours), subsurface geology or the prevailing weather patterns. Some things can be calculated, like the path of the sun across the property throughout the year. Other qualities need to be experienced and understood in an intimate and personal way. Bringing together all of the measurable data and all of the personal impressions is what we refer to as “Observation”.

We’re currently in construction on a remarkable house: a project that started as a remodel and developed into a new building, that when it’s complete, will be the one of the most earthquake safe houses constructed in the country. Many factors influenced the nature and course of the design, but our early observations were critical in unlocking the potential of the house and land.

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Decision Tree
Decision Tree: Remodel

As architects, we’re trained to design buildings. What we learn in the course of practicing architecture is that there are a tremendous number of issues, components and processes that contribute to the making of a building and place. It’s often easy to focus on either the design or the execution of a construction project, but it’s the experiences we encounter during the whole process that offer illuminating insights about best practices.

With over 20 years in practice, 2M Architecture has helped hundreds of homeowners renovate, expand and transform their homes. Some have even completely replaced homes with new buildings. The experiences and observations gleaned over time are the genesis of this series of articles. As a partnership of two principals, the stories of 2M Architecture will reflect the varied strengths and interests of both Marc Lindsell and Mark Tetrault.

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