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I was talking recently with one of our former custom builders of the year. His busi-
ness is going strong despite the endlessly dismal economy. It’s clear he knows a
great deal about running a topflight construction company—one that continues
to win the scarce projects in play even when
its not the cheapest bid on the table. He’s also
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because they know he’ll build their most de-
manding designs carefully, properly, and ef-
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he does actively to stay at the top of his game
and from some things he doesn’t do.
Despite the fact that he’s one of the finest
craftspeople in town, he makes sure he isn’t
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tion. He doesn’t want to be the lowballer nor the gouger. So, he regularly shops
prices for subs’ work and materials. Another part of what makes him so good is
he doesn’t just build a beautiful home, he puts together the highest performing house
he can. He isn’t a green builder, per se, but he knows that unimpugnable energy
efficiency is a mark of excellence in construction. And, perhaps most important,
he is extremely sensitive to the project timeline. His high-end clients certainly want
the job done well, but they also want instant gratification. No overruns in schedule
or cost—or the ultimate cost is reputation.
To the same end, whenever a former client calls with a problem, this custom
builder answers promptly. He’s even got a handyman service to take care of these
and other tasks his clients ask him to do. More often than not, if it isn’t covered by
the warranty, he’ll go ahead and fix the problem for free anyway. His clients’ re-
sponse is always surprise and delight, and that’s great for word of mouth. He’s there
for other minor projects his clients need done, as well, even though they’re not big
moneymakers. The result is, he’s there and at top of mind for them when they decide
to take on a larger addition, alteration, or an entirely new home. As we know, repeat
business has kept many of the best builders afloat in these trying times.
Builders can’t survive playing seek and hide from their clients anymore: sign the
job and then run as far away from the relationship as fast as possible. If they do, the
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Our year-long, 20th anniversary series focuses on 20
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20 After 20 By Bruce D. Snider
Ask Mitch Handman how the economy has affected his company and
he won’t sugarcoat it for you. “Business is, I would say … bad,” says
Handman, president of Malvern, Pa.–based R.C. Legnini . “The residen-
tial side is very, very slow. Our retail work has slowed to a crawl. Our
office interior work has stopped.” Ecclesiastical projects are providing
a flying buttress for his volume. “There’s lots of church work and some
synagogue work,” Handman reports, adding with a laugh: “We keep
praying here.” But even appeals to a higher power have their limits.
“Last year churches accounted for about $7 million of our business,”
he says. “This year, if we’re
lucky, they will account for $4
million. We laid off eight of
our guys in the last 14 months.” ■ But the market that taketh away also giveth to those able to spot an opportunity—and Handman
sees one in rental properties. “I’ve been actively going after foreclosed buildings,” he says. The same conditions that are hammering
residential construction—unemployment, tight credit, and a glut of foreclosed properties—also have created, in his view, the mother
of all buyers’ markets. Handman has bought and renovated eight small multifamily properties, all of which are now fully occupied.
While residential sales have slowed, Handman observes, rentals remain strong, “at least where we are. The folks who go to work
every day—they need a place to live.” ■ Handman has invested in real estate before, but when values skyrocketed years ago he
cashed in his chips, expecting never to get back in. Current prices, though, are too good to pass up. “In our lifetimes, we’re not going
to see values like this again,” he asserts. “The only problem is you’ve got to have a fair amount of cash, and there’s not an unlimited
supply of that.” But Handman says builders who muster the wherewithal can kill two birds with one
stone, building their own portfolios while keeping their crews busy. “People in our business know what
a good property is; we know what a good location is.” ■ While builders everywhere recalibrate their
retirement plans, Handman actually may have improved his prospects of a graceful exit by directing
resources toward income producing investments. “I never made any money in the stock market,” he ob-
serves. “Over the years, I’ve always made money by owning properties because it’s something I know.” ■
R.C. Legnini
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The doldrums that stalled the construction industry in the past three years
have forced many builders to rework their retirement plans, but Finley Perry
remains right on course. “I sold the business to Allison [Iantosca , Perry’s
daughter], Bill Cosman , and Brad Gardner three years ago,” says the Boston-
area custom builder and remodeler. Since then, he adds, “they’ve been good
enough to employ me as a business development/sales guy.” Smart move. In
his last turn at the tiller, Perry has helped his company maintain headway—and even grow—in the slowest residential construction
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We can identify the trade partner that is most suitable to do the work, but we also push hard to get the
right number.” Maintaining the bottom line has meant ramping up volume. After a decade of comfort-
ably averaging $5 million in annual work, Perry reports, the company has billed $8 to $12 million in
each of the past three years. Before the real estate crash, the company diversified into maintenance
and repair work, which now accounts for some $2 million in volume. Most crucially, Perry adds, “We’ve
had a big, two-year project that started for us in March 2009, which gave us the sense that we would
have cash flow to cover our overhead.” ■ The company owes its steady progress in large part to Perry’s experience and standing in
the high-end Boston market (a stalwart of the local building community, Perry is a past president of his local HBA and served as a
state representative to the NAHB). But he credits the new management team as well. “Allison has run this great sales and market-
ing effort,” he says, and Cosman’s interest in high-profile new-home projects opened a rich new market for a company that built
its reputation on luxury remodels. The combination, Perry says, “has created great opportunities for us.” ■ Not the least of which
is for Perry to make himself scarce. Clients are already looking to his successors, he notes. “And they don’t need me from a busi-
ness management point of view.” The proof is in the company’s largest current project, a major remodel of a high-profile home on
Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue. “Bill, Brad, and Allison have really done a marvelous job,” Perry says. “I go in there as a tourist.” ■
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both of us,” de Vito recalls. “I was doing
more art stuff, and he was doing furniture
and little projects.”
Around 2000, though, Zack and de
Vito designed, developed, and built a du-
plex that started them off on a series of
small, for-sale inflll projects. They real-
ized the competitive advantage that Zack’s
construction background gave them, and
began to formalize the “build” side of their
business. “We decided we’re not going to
keep turning our backs on this,” Zack says.
In 2005, they started a general contracting
company, BuiltForm Construction , which
has functioned separately from the design
side, Zack / de Vito Architecture . Zack,
a registered contractor, runs BuiltForm,
while he and de Vito share leadership du-
ties at the architecture flrm.
The pair has faced a constant chal-
lenge, though, in the way they market
themselves. “It was always a dilemma,”
Zack says. “We’d be telling people the
advantages of having the design and build
sides integrated, but then we’d be present-
ing ourselves to them as two companies.”
He and de Vito have decided to take steps
to change the way the flrm is perceived.
They’re now starting to present themselves
as simply “Zack / de Vito,” an architecture
and construction flrm. “We want people to
know they’re getting a seamless integra-
tion of services,” he adds. The flrm’s ar-
chitecture staff, which previously had been
separate from the building staff, will act as
design/build project managers, handling
design and also overseeing construction.
As the economy has worsened, the
flrm has been able to take on more design/
build projects than in the past. “In 2006
or ’07, out of 30 projects, we would only
build three, four, or flve of them,” Zack
says. Now as much as 40 percent of its
work is design/ build. Some of those proj-
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projects in their home city of San Francisco. “The making of things was a side thing for
Partners Jim Zack and Lise de Vito—
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design/build firm in San Francisco.
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turned out very well,” de Vito
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quick process.” She and Zack
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This eastern Long Island retreat, dubbed Northwest Peach Farm
for the orchard that surrounds it, was designed to enhance the
“rituals of everyday life,” says architect Paul Masi . And for the
owners, a Manhattan couple who use the house on weekends
year-round, that includes a celebration of cooking and dining.
“They’re into good food and wine,” Masi says. “He cooks, so the kitchen became a central hub.” Masi and partner Harry Bates devoted
a substantial amount of interior real estate—and considerable ingenuity—to a room that combines the arts of cooking and dining
in a way that elevates both experiences.
More cook-in dining room than eat-in kitchen, this shared
space conceals equipment and food storage behind flush red
cedar panels and in stacked cabinets that hide in plain sight.
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Project: Northwest Peach
Farm, East Hampton, N.Y.;
Builders: Padden Builders ,
East Hampton; Brian Mannix
Builder , East Hampton ;
Architect: Bates Masi +
Architects , Sag Harbor, N.Y.;
Photographer: Michael
Moran. / Resources: Dish-
washer: Miele; Doors and
windows: Crittall Windows;
Garbage disposer: InSinkEr-
ator; Oven: Miele; Plumbing
fixtures: Franke, Dornbracht;
Range: Wolf; Refrigerator:
Viking, Sub-Zero.
The preparation area revolves around the needs of the chef, Masi explains. “He wants everyone to be
gathered around and having fun while he’s cooking and being sort of serious about what he’s doing.” The
long island the chef shares with his audience serves as both an intimate stage set and a sophisticated work
environment. Its polished concrete counter was cast with integral tracks for a heavy mahogany cutting board,
Masi points out, “so when he pulls something out of the oven he can put it down and slide it over to the sink.”
Above the opposite counter is a stainless steel shelf that can be preloaded with ingredients for the task at
hand, then swept clear when the cooking is done.
But in this kitchen, the details that don’t show are as important as those that do. Two large refrigerators
hide in a bank of red cedar cabinets. A backsplash of quartzite tiles lapped in a shingle pattern rises into a
skylight shaft, anked by vertical cabinets that read more like structure than storage. The reveal below the
island counter rim discreetly conceals a continuous power strip. “It has all these amenities,” Masi says, “but
they’re all built in.” For its owners, the result is a room that turns everyday events into something special.
“Even though they come out here every weekend, it still feels like a vacation.” —Bruce D. Snider
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A dressing area (near left) buffers
the master bedroom from the master
bath (top). A multipurpose limestone
counter connects the daughter's
bedroom and bath (far left).
Northwest Peach Farm’s master bath-
room also occupies a generous volume,
and it, too, employs a simple motif to de-
lineate functional areas without dividing
the space into separate chambers. A free-
standing makeup counter helps dene
the bathing area, its steel-framed mirror
echoing the windows used throughout
the house. A second counter, opposite the
rst, backs on a double shower framed in
a glass-and-steel assembly sourced from
the company that supplied the house’s
exterior windows and doors. Another
glazed steel door allows daylight into the
toilet compartment. Limestone counters
top the red cedar cabinets, while extra-
small mosaic tiles lend a crisp rhythm to
oors warmed by hydronic radiant heat-
ing. A ow-through dressing area sepa-
rates the bath from the bedroom.
Each of the children’s bedrooms con-
nects sleeping and bathing areas with a
limestone surface that architect Paul Masi
conceived as a “seamless element that
sort of snakes through the room.” Begin-
ning as a counter at the head of the built-
in bed, it jumps up to form a desktop that
segues to a sink counter. In the son’s suite
the counter ends at a walk-in shower; in
the daughter’s it turns a corner and drops
to form the tub deck. A sliding barn door
provides privacy, with a horizontal slot
cut into the door neatly accommodating
the counter’s prole. —B.D.S.
Project: Northwest Peach Farm, East Hampton,
N.Y.; Builders: Padden Builders, East Hampton;
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A large skylight makes the living
area feel like a courtyard, and
clerestories brighten the master
suite behind it. A shade inside
the skylight protects the owners’
artwork from direct sun.
Living in a former
storefront isn’t for
everyone. But it
works out just fine for the owners of this building on a Seattle street cor-
ner. Thanks to some creative spatial boundaries, they live and work happily
from home—without worrying about the neighbors staring in. The wife, a
personal assistant, and the husband, a real estate and software developer
whose clients often come to the office, had been living and working there
full time in awkwardly divided space. They asked Seattle architect Tyler
Engle for a gracious new design that also would showcase their art collec-
tion. ■ At 1,543 square feet, this house is fairly small. Fitting multiple pro-
grams into the compact interior easily could have made it feel crowded,
but the floor plan flexes for both openness and privacy. Inside the plate
glass window on the left is a foyer/lobby with built-in seating; on the right
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The Public/Private House Street Smart
is the wife’s office. Directly behind that is what Engle calls the shipping container—an ipe-clad core housing a powder
room on the left and a kitchen in the center. Thin steel “blinders” bookend the kitchen’s parallel counters, partially hiding
it from pass-throughs on either side, and pocket doors close off the core from the street view. The wood rectangle “could
have been moved forward or backward in the space, but we placed it in the sweet spot so it provides a buffer between the
courtyard and the street,” Engle says. ■ The courtyard Engle refers to is an airy living and dining room at the house’s cen-
ter, where a 12-foot-9-inch-by-9-foot skylight, and the ipe wall, make it feel like it’s outside. Interior clerestories let light
through to the master suite, entered through a pivoting door behind the living room. Four steps up beyond the bedroom
is a second bath adjoining the husband’s office, and an outside entrance. ■ The husband, who uses a wheelchair, goes to
work by going outside, up the sidewalk, and into the rear door. “He wanted to commute, and that’s his commute,” Engle
says. The concrete floors have a smooth terrazzo finish that’s easy to maneuver on, and the hydronically heated surface
makes the wheels warm to the touch.
■ The gut-renovation of the 100-year-
old building, once a drug store and
soda fountain, immediately hit a snag.
Excavation of the flimsy, 2-inch-thick slab revealed
unstable soil, which meant digging down and refill-
ing with gravel. But in a building this old, there’s
always a surprise lurking behind the walls. “When
you have a crisp architectural design, you can’t
get away with crookedness—that was the biggest
challenge,” says builder Stan Christensen . “We re-
framed the old side walls to get insulation in, and
did a lot of furring and straightening to get things
level and plumb.” Exterior improvements included
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replacing the Victorian paint job with a charcoal-gray color that
respects the building’s form. ■ “I love this space because, with
constraints, great things can happen,” Engle says. “It has as
many uses as some houses we do that are 8,000 square feet.” ■
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Project Credits: Builder: Christensen Construction , Seattle; Architect and
interior designer: Tyler Engle Architects PS , Seattle; Structural engineer:
Swenson Say Fagét, Seattle; Living space: 1,543 square feet; Site: 0.35
acre; Construction cost: $229 per square foot; Photographer: Benjamin
Benschneider. / Resources: Bath tile: Dal Tile; Bathroom light fixture:
FontanaArte; Blackened Steel: Company K; Cabinets: Pacific Rim Cabinets,
Boojum Woodworks; Countertops: Dogpaw Design; Floor: Durashine; Interior
Paneling: Christensen Construction; Kitchen backsplash tile: Pental; Plumb-
ing fixtures: Kohler.
The husband’s office has a rear entrance; the wife’s office
occupies the storefront (opposite, top). An ipe core houses
a powder room and kitchen, where blackened hot-rolled
steel “blinders” have a supple wax finish. Two pocket doors
on the street side of the ipe container allow for two-zone
heating and divide the public and private realms.
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The Public/Private House
The hospitality suite at Paul Hobbs Winery is everything the surrounding production buildings are not: crisp, refined, and detailed
to a T. Owner and international winery consultant Paul Hobbs stays here comfortably when he’s in town, but the long, linear build-
ing also is a corporate meeting center and a stylish setting for wine-tasting events, often with food pairings by celebrity chefs.
■ Dubbed Lindsay House, it was phase two of a master plan for the 19-acre property, whose working buildings have barnlike
shapes and pitched metal roofs. “The form of the winery buildings is based on their function,” says architect Howard J. Backen
of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects , Sausalito, Calif. “The Lindsay House became a foil, a very simple wall.” ■ The house’s
segmented walls express the floor plan. To the left of a formal foyer is the most public realm—a cozy, art-filled room for intimate
wine tastings. To the right, two vestibules lead into a larger living/dining area. This room, where Hobbs hangs out, also can be
arranged for corporate events. On opposite walls are a 750-bottle wine refrigerator for displaying sample releases, and a long,
slotted fireplace. Full-height pivoting doors flanking the wine fridge lead to a professional-grade kitchen. An office and Hobbs’
bedroom and bath are located behind the kitchen. “The full-height doors continue when you enter the private area,” Backen
explains. “You don’t end up coming to a different aesthetic.” ■ Builder Jim Murphy and Associates (JMA) rose to the challenges
The linear building houses the dedicated public realm
to the left, and the public/private spaces to the right.
Custom ingredients were used to create a dark plaster
exterior; the large quantity of traditional pigments
required kept the plaster from binding.
Wine, Dine, Live, Work
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The Public/Private House Wine, Dine, Live, Work
of Hobbs’ exacting expectations. While the wood-frame building’s construction was
straightforward, its strong axial symmetry, where every line ties back to something
else, meant mapping out the smallest details before construction began. Cleanout
plugs in the honed-concrete kitchen floor, for example, had to be centered on the
control joints. “We knew a control joint would come off the pocket door and cross
the kitchen,” says project manager Michael Quesenbury . “The cleanout was perfectly placed 10 months before we put the casing
on the door.” ■ Features and finishes were chosen to engage the senses. Floors are white cement mixed with bronze lapis sand.
To bring out its color and texture, the concrete was lightly honed with a rotary machine, and, once cured, a handheld machine
fitted with finer and finer grinding pads. The dramatic gas fireplaces created another construction puzzle. Their openings are so
large that a concealed air curtain was necessary to prevent them from pulling conditioned air out of the room. A make-up sup-
This page: Fire features are highlights
in the wine-tasting room and a larger
room used for private living and corpo-
rate events. The kitchen cabinets con-
sist of red fabric placed between layers
of resin. Opposite: A large wine fridge
separates the living room and kitchen.
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Project Credits: Builder: Jim Murphy and Associates, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Architect: Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects, Sausalito and St. Helena, Calif.; Engineer:
Summit Engineering, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Landscape architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, Berkeley, Calif.; Fire features: Colombo Construction Corp.,
Brooklyn, N.Y.; Project size: 3,840 square feet; Site: 19.2 acres; Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Tim Maloney. / Resources: Countertops: Redding
Metal Crafters, Silestone; Dishwasher: Miele, Hobart; Entry and patio doors: Arcadia; Exterior siding: Fleetwood; Garbage disposer: Insinkerator; Hardware:
Hafele, Valli&Valli, FSB, d line; HVAC: Carrier; Insulation: Owens Corning; Interior doors: Healdsburg Door & Sash ; Interior walls: TBC Artisanal Plasters; Kitchen
and bath fixtures/fittings: Dornbracht; Kitchen cabinets: Lasertron; Motorized shades: Lutron, Phifer; Oven: Wolf; Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore; Pizza oven:
Mugnani; Refrigerator and freezer: Sub-Zero; Windows: Fleetwood.
ply fan located on the roof distributes air through chases concealed in the walls and discharges the combustion air out of grilles
hidden in the fireplace surrounds. An exhaust fan in the fireplace flue draws the hot air and carbon dioxide out of the firebox. ■
Even flawlessly planned projects encounter conflicts, though. The day before the hot tar roof was to be installed, Hobbs decided
the acrid smell would spoil the scheduled grape crush, so JMA tarped the building until the crush was over. “We respected his
wishes,” Quesenbury says. “When we understood the level of perfection he was requiring of us, he became easier to work for.” ■
www.customhomeonline.com 38 / Custom Home / November/December 2010
To some, simplifying means downsizing. But for San Francisco designer/builder Loring Sagan , it means
combining his professional and personal lives into one cavernous building. He runs his varied business
ventures—an architecture firm, a real estate redevelopment company, and a pottery studio—out of a
6,000-square-foot former bakery. It’s an industrial space lined with desks and lit by a large skylight,
but built into the soaring atrium is a pied-à-terre
whose kitchen/dining area doubles as an office
conference room. “My wife and I don’t live in the apartment full time, but
I take a nap here almost every day,” Sagan says. ■ After 20 years of build-
ing resort homes in Tahoe City, Calif., Sagan had begun searching for work
space in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, a once-seedy district
on its way to becoming the cultural corridor it is today. The grungy building,
120 feet long by 27 feet wide, started life as a bakery in the 1920s and later
served as a photography studio. But when Sagan purchased it eight years
ago, it was part of a funky alleyway with a porn club next door. ■ “It was a
Alley Adaptation
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rabbit warren of small rooms with illegal squatters here and there,” Sagan says. Working with an outside construction manager, he
gutted it and sandblasted the concrete side walls. Next he inserted a steel moment frame, hoisted by crane over two neighboring
buildings, and installed three concrete wing walls, roughly 1 foot thick and 8 feet long, to give the building horizontal stability. The
out-of-level timber floors also were dismantled and reframed, then poured with radiant-heated concrete. ■ A new third story blurs
the edges between public and private zones. The open-plan second level houses Sagan’s two companies— Sagan Piechota Architec-
ture and Buildinc. —plus another architecture firm. His apartment occupies a bumped-up mezzanine that’s essentially two rooms
on opposite ends of the long building, connected by a bridge through the atrium. Up a flight of stairs from the offices, the open-to-
below kitchen has a commodious table that works as well for business meetings as it does for entertaining. ■ Across the bridge,
The new third-story mezzanine holds
a kitchen/conference room at the top
of the stairs. Across the long bridge is
Sagan’s living/sleeping studio, where a
bath and closet are tucked behind the
white wall. Sliding sandblasted glass
doors borrow atrium light and views.
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Project Credits: Builders: Loring Sagan, San Francisco; Paul Woo Construction, San Francisco; Designer: Sagan
Piechota Architecture, San Francisco; Landscape designer: Sagan Piechota Architecture; Living space: 6,000
square feet (apartment: 600 square feet); Site: 0.07 acre; Cost: $250 per square foot; Photographer: Sharon
Risedorph. / Resources: Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel; Entry door: Stuart Wright and Tom Allen ; Garage doors:
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The Public/Private House Alley Adaptation
an oversize walnut door opens
to a bedroom/living room and
bath. “Crossing the bridge
through the atrium is a meta-
phorical departure from work,”
Sagan says. Sliding frosted-
glass walls close off the living
area from the atrium below.
“If we’re there alone at night
we open them up and borrow
space from the atrium,” he
says. “When they’re closed,
everything is quiet.” ■ The
once-derelict real estate now
attracts vibrant commercial
tenants, too. The ground-level is
leased to Blue Bottle Coffee, a
nationally known coffee roast-
er, and Fatted Calf, an artisanal
charcuterie. And the wood and
metal workshop Sagan set up
to build out the finishes has
since been turned into his pot-
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private partnerships can trans-
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with gardens and benches, using a $98,500 grant from the city. It builds on the neighborhood
renaissance begun 10 years ago, when an earthquake-damaged freeway was torn down. “The
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S
ome people specialize
in preserving the rare
and valuable, such as
endangered animals,
antique books, or important
paintings. Washington, D.C.,
custom builder Tom Glass
focuses on saving an equally
diminishing and beloved com-
modity: old houses. Growing
up in southeastern Ohio, he fell
in love with the area’s declin-
ing 19th-century housing stock,
and that passion never left him.
He’s devoted his 30-year-old business, Glass Construction , to renovating and restoring Wash-
ington’s rich trove of historic residences.
Several years ago Glass purchased a property in Virginia’s pastoral Rappahannock County,
with the thought of one day nding an old house he could move there to use as his weekend
residence. “The seed of the idea came from taking horseback rides in the mountains and high
meadows out there,” he says. “You’ll see a lot of old barns and farmhouses that have been aban-
doned. There are getting to be fewer and fewer of them, because they’re falling down.”
Finally, he came across a dilapidated, 1797 side-hall Federal in Appomattox County, Va., a
two-hour drive from his Flint Hill, Va., site. Moving it would prove a complicated process. The
home hadn’t been lived in since the 1930s, and it was too large and too far away to be transported
whole. “If we hadn’t taken it then, in another year or two it would have collapsed,” Glass says.
Living
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A custom builder
rescues a piece
of Virginia’s
patinaed past.
By Meghan Drueding
Home Study
A pair of chimneys, visible from a distance, helps
define the home’s bold silhouette against the
skyline. Inside, new, painted kitchen cabinets
contrast with the original woodwork.
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Home Study Living History
The house’s previous owner connected him
with Richard Williams , an Aldie, Va.–based
restoration craftsman.
Despite the house’s fragile state, an im-
pressive portion of its original structure re-
mained intact. Mortise-and-tenon construc-
tion, a typical 18th-century technique, held
together its hand-carved timber-frame, as
well as its doors, window frames, casings,
and stair railings. The wood, of course, all
came from old-growth forests. “The resin
in the wood was a preservative, so termites
didn’t eat it,” Glass says. “This wood sat
out in the rain for 200 years and didn’t rot.”
He, Williams, and a couple of others dis-
mantled the house, using small sledgeham-
mers to drive out the wooden pegs keeping
it together. They numbered every item and
formulated detailed drawings for the build-
ing’s reassembly. The process took two
weeks, at the end of which all the pieces
were trucked to Williams’ workshop.
Williams and Glass went over each
item carefully, evaluating whether it
needed to be repaired or discarded. They
remilled replacements for pieces beyond
salvaging, leaving them out in the summer
sun to weather. In the meantime, Glass dug
a foundation on his land. When he was
ready, he and his three-man crew rebuilt
the frame, essentially reversing the routine
they’d used to disassemble it.
Rebuilding the roof and siding came
next. Glass guessed the original roof con-
sisted of cedar shingles, so he had new ones
made. Using reproduction nails from a fa-
vorite supplier, Tremont Nail Co., he and
his crew attached the shingles to poplar
skip sheathing. Glass also
had beaded cedar boards
milled to match the old,
unsalvageable siding. Just
as when the home was rst
built, they’re nailed right
onto the frame—this time with house wrap
in between for greater energy efciency.
Two of the original building’s most
distinctive features—its imposing chim-
neys—used such strong mortar that to try
to take them apart would have broken the
bricks. So Glass opted to let them stand in
Appomattox County and re-create them in
Flint Hill. Wood forms gave the new bricks
the old-fashioned texture he wanted.
Glass started out wanting to do a com-
prehensive restoration, but a visit to Dray-
ton Hall, a historic house in Charleston,
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S.C., changed his mind. “At Drayton Hall,
you could see the beauty of 200 years of
weathering,” he says. “I realized it would
be such a shame to lose this patina.” He
developed a hybrid approach inside the
house, reproducing missing or damaged
wood pieces and choosing to simply paint
the new items, instead of faux-nishing
them to make them look old. In contrast,
he cleaned the remaining original wood-
work, stabilized it with a clear, waterborne
urethane, then applied a coat of clear poly-
urethane. All of its nicks and imperfections
are still visible, and it works with the fresh-
ly painted areas to form a visual record of
all the years the house has stood.
Architect Dwight Matthews did design
drawings and helped with the permitting
process while Glass ordered the materi-
als and nishes, and designed the home’s
cabinetry and other new detailing himself.
A new house, he believes, would have cost
about the same amount of money. But it
wouldn’t have had the same character.
“There’s something about it that feels or-
ganic because of the slight imperfections,”
he says. “They make it more human.” ■
Project Credits: Builder: Glass Construction, Washington, D.C.; Restoration architect: Dwight Matthews
Architect, Flint Hill, Va.; Restoration carpenter: Richard Williams, Aldie, Va.; Living space: 3,400 square
feet; Site: 117 acres; Construction cost: $257 per square foot; Photography: Powers and Crewe Photog-
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Viking; Dishwasher: Bosch; Hardware: Baldwin; Flooring (tile): Ann Sacks, Waterworks; Heat pumps:
Trane; Lighting controls: Lightolier, Lutron; Nails: Tremont Nail Co.; Oven: Viking; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero;
Washer/dryer: Maytag.
Glass (pictured opposite, left) added spray-foam insulation to keep
the interior temperatures constant. Track lighting brightens the spaces
while leaving the old ceiling beams intact. The restored rooms’ high
ceilings, gracious proportions, generous natural light, and solid recon-
struction all contribute to a sense of well-being inside the house.
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Two San Francisco architects find success in the design/build model.

Partners Jim Zack and Lise de Vito— also husband and wife—run their own design/build firm in San Francisco.

Zack / de Vito, San Francisco, www.zackdevito.com / Type of business: Design/build / Years in business: 19 / Employees: 11 / Annual revenue: $1.9 million / Average number of projects per year: 10–15 / Project type breakdown—remodeling vs. new construction: 60 percent to 70 percent vs. 30 percent to 40 percent / Project type breakdown—residential vs. commercial (mostly restaurants): 50 percent vs. 50 percent 16 / Custom Home / November/December 2010 www.customhomeonline.com

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im Zack has tried not to be a builder. As a teenager he worked on construction sites, learning carpentry and eventually going to architecture school at the University of California, Berkeley. “My interest in architecture evolved out of my background in construction,” he says. “In school, I was kind of a shop rat.” After graduating he practiced as a designer/builder, but eventually felt he wanted to focus purely on architecture. Fate, however, had other plans. “Whenever I turned around, we found ourselves making things,” he admits. Zack’s wife and partner, Lise de Vito, also has a hands-on background, with a degree in flne arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (along with an architecture degree). The couple has practiced together since 1997, but for the flrst couple of years they spent most of their time designing rather than building. They specialized in custom residential projects in their home city of San Francisco. “The making of things was a side thing for

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both of us,” de Vito recalls. “I was doing more art stuff, and he was doing furniture and little projects.” Around 2000, though, Zack and de Vito designed, developed, and built a duplex that started them off on a series of small, for-sale inflll projects. They realized the competitive advantage that Zack’s construction background gave them, and began to formalize the “build” side of their business. “We decided we’re not going to keep turning our backs on this,” Zack says. In 2005, they started a general contracting company, BuiltForm Construction, which has functioned separately from the design side, Zack / de Vito Architecture. Zack, a registered contractor, runs BuiltForm, while he and de Vito share leadership duties at the architecture flrm. The pair has faced a constant challenge, though, in the way they market themselves. “It was always a dilemma,” Zack says. “We’d be telling people the advantages of having the design and build sides integrated, but then we’d be presenting ourselves to them as two companies.” He and de Vito have decided to take steps to change the way the flrm is perceived. They’re now starting to present themselves as simply “Zack / de Vito,” an architecture and construction flrm. “We want people to know they’re getting a seamless integration of services,” he adds. The flrm’s architecture staff, which previously had been separate from the building staff, will act as design/build project managers, handling design and also overseeing construction. As the economy has worsened, the flrm has been able to take on more design/ build projects than in the past. “In 2006 or ’07, out of 30 projects, we would only build three, four, or flve of them,” Zack says. Now as much as 40 percent of its work is design/build. Some of those proj-

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but the floor plan flexes for both openness and privacy.Street Smart Living in a former storefront is for isn’t everyone. on the right A large skylight makes the living area feel like a courtyard.543 square feet. this house is fairly small. and clerestories brighten the master suite behind it. But it works out just fine for the owners of this building on a Seattle street corstre ner. a real estate and software developer whose clients often come to the office. had been living and working there full time in awkwardly divided space. They asked Seattle architect Tyler Engle for a gracious new design that also would showcase their art collection. Inside the plate glass window on the left is a foyer/lobby with built-in seating. November/December 2010 / Custom Home / 31 . Thanks to some creative spatial boundaries. Fitting multiple programs into the compact interior easily could have made it feel crowded. At 1. they live and work happily Th k i i l b d i h li d kh from home—without worrying about the neighbors staring in. A shade inside the skylight protects the owners’ artwork from direct sun. The wife. a personal assistant. and the husband.

and did a lot of furring and straightening to get things level and plumb. once a drug store and soda fountain. and the ipe wall. and pocket doors close off the core from the street view. who uses a wheelchair.” Engle says. “He wanted to commute. and that’s his commute. The husband. goes to work by going outside. up the sidewalk. partially hiding it from pass-throughs on either side. make it feel like it’s outside. and the hydronically heated surface makes the wheels warm to the touch. Thin steel “blinders” bookend the kitchen’s parallel counters. entered through a pivoting door behind the living room. but we placed it in the sweet spot so it provides a buffer between the courtyard and the street.The Public/Private House Street Smart is the wife’s office. there’s always a surprise lurking behind the walls. The gut-renovation of the 100-yearold building. Directly behind that is what Engle calls the shipping container—an ipe-clad core housing a powder room on the left and a kitchen in the center. But in a building this old. Interior clerestories let light through to the master suite. and an outside entrance.” says builder Stan Christensen.” Engle says. “We reframed the old side walls to get insulation in. The courtyard Engle refers to is an airy living and dining room at the house’s center. which meant digging down and refilling with gravel. The wood rectangle “could have been moved forward or backward in the space. The concrete floors have a smooth terrazzo finish that’s easy to maneuver on. immediately hit a snag.com . Four steps up beyond the bedroom is a second bath adjoining the husband’s office. and into the rear door. where a 12-foot-9-inch-by-9-foot skylight.customhomeonline. you can’t get away with crookedness—that was the biggest challenge. “When you have a crisp architectural design. Excavation of the flimsy.” Exterior improvements included 32 / Custom Home / November/December 2010 www. 2-inch-thick slab revealed unstable soil.

The husband’s office has a rear entrance. with constraints. Site: 0. Architect and interior designer: Tyler Engle Architects PS. great things can happen. Living space: 1.customhomeonline. top). Seattle. Construction cost: $229 per square foot. Kitchen backsplash tile: Pental. Boojum Woodworks.com Dummy caption November/December 2010 / Custom Home / 33 .35 acre. “I love this space because. An ipe core houses a powder room and kitchen. www. Countertops: Dogpaw Design.543 square feet. Seattle. Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider.” Engle says. replacing the Victorian paint job with a charcoal-gray color that respects the building’s form.” Project Credits: Builder: Christensen Construction. Seattle. Blackened Steel: Company K. Interior Paneling: Christensen Construction. Structural engineer: Swenson Say Fagét. Plumbing fixtures: Kohler. Floor: Durashine. Two pocket doors on the street side of the ipe container allow for two-zone heating and divide the public and private realms. where blackened hot-rolled steel “blinders” have a supple wax finish. / Resources: Bath tile: Dal Tile. “It has as many uses as some houses we do that are 8. Cabinets: Pacific Rim Cabinets.000 square feet. Bathroom light fixture: FontanaArte. the wife’s office occupies the storefront (opposite.

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Gillam & Kroeger Architects. and a long. To the right. An office and Hobbs’ bedroom and bath are located behind the kitchen. Dubbed Lindsay House. where Hobbs hangs out. This room. Live. two vestibules lead into a larger living/dining area. Backen of Backen.” says architect Howard J. the large quantity of traditional pigments required kept the plaster from binding. it was phase two of a master plan for the 19-acre property. also can be arranged for corporate events. Dine. often with food pairings by celebrity chefs. a very simple wall. and detailed to a T. whose working buildings have barnlike shapes and pitched metal roofs. but the long. “The Lindsay House became a foil. Wine. Custom ingredients were used to create a dark plaster exterior. To the left of a formal foyer is the most public realm—a cozy. Owner and international winery consultant Paul Hobbs stays here comfortably when he’s in town.” The house’s segmented walls express the floor plan. Calif. “You don’t end up coming to a different aesthetic. linear building also is a corporate meeting center and a stylish setting for wine-tasting events. Work The hospitality suite at Paul Hobbs Winery is everything the surrounding production buildings are not: crisp.” Backen explains.customhomeonline. On opposite walls are a 750-bottle wine refrigerator for displaying sample releases.The Public/Private House The linear building houses the dedicated public realm to the left. Sausalito. art-filled room for intimate wine tastings. refined. “The full-height doors continue when you enter the private area. “The form of the winery buildings is based on their function.” www. Full-height pivoting doors flanking the wine fridge lead to a professional-grade kitchen.com Builder Jim Murphy and Associates (JMA) rose to the challenges November/December 2010 / Custom Home / 35 . and the public/private spaces to the right. slotted fireplace.

a handheld machine fitted with finer and finer grinding pads. had to be centered on the control joints. Live. the concrete was lightly honed with a rotary machine. Opposite: A large wine fridge separates the living room and kitchen. “The cleanout was perfectly placed 10 months before we put the casing on the door. and. Their openings are so large that a concealed air curtain was necessary to prevent them from pulling conditioned air out of the room. To bring out its color and texture.” says project manager Michael Quesenbury. The dramatic gas fireplaces created another construction puzzle.” Features and finishes were chosen to engage the senses. Dine. where every line ties back to something else.com . Work This page: Fire features are highlights in the wine-tasting room and a larger room used for private living and corporate events.customhomeonline. A make-up sup36 / Custom Home / November/December 2010 www. The kitchen cabinets consist of red fabric placed between layers of resin. for example. Cleanout plugs in the honed-concrete kitchen floor. “We knew a control joint would come off the pocket door and cross the kitchen. its strong axial symmetry. of Hobbs’ exacting expectations. While the wood-frame building’s construction was straightforward. meant mapping out the smallest details before construction began.The Public/Private House Wine. Floors are white cement mixed with bronze lapis sand. once cured.

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and stair railings. a typical 18th-century technique. and a couple of others dismantled the house. Two of the original building’s most distinctive features—its imposing chimneys—used such strong mortar that to try to take them apart would have broken the bricks. “The resin in the wood was a preservative. unsalvageable siding. casings. Mortise-and-tenon construction.–based restoration craftsman.. he and his crew attached the shingles to poplar skip sheathing. an impressive portion of its original structure remained intact. Wood forms gave the new bricks the old-fashioned texture he wanted. So Glass opted to let them stand in Appomattox County and re-create them in Flint Hill. Glass started out wanting to do a comprehensive restoration.” Glass says. he and his three-man crew rebuilt the frame.” He. The process took two weeks. at the end of which all the pieces were trucked to Williams’ workshop. Williams. Just as when the home was rst built. In the meantime. they’re nailed right onto the frame—this time with house wrap in between for greater energy ef ciency. When he was ready. Glass dug a foundation on his land. essentially reversing the routine they’d used to disassemble it. leaving them out in the summer sun to weather. Glass also had beaded cedar boards milled to match the old. a historic house in Charleston. all came from old-growth forests. but a visit to Drayton Hall. Rebuilding the roof and siding came next. an Aldie. Glass guessed the original roof consisted of cedar shingles. “This wood sat out in the rain for 200 years and didn’t rot. Tremont Nail Co. held together its hand-carved timber-frame. Va. window frames.com . They remilled replacements for pieces beyond salvaging.customhomeonline. Williams and Glass went over each item carefully. as well as its doors. The wood. They numbered every item and formulated detailed drawings for the build46 / Custom Home / November/December 2010 ing’s reassembly. Using reproduction nails from a favorite supplier. of course. so termites didn’t eat it. www. using small sledgehammers to drive out the wooden pegs keeping it together.Home Study Living History The house’s previous owner connected him with Richard Williams. so he had new ones made. evaluating whether it needed to be repaired or discarded. Despite the house’s fragile state.

Lighting controls: Lightolier. In contrast. / Resources: Bathroom fittings: Sigma. left) added spray-foam insulation to keep the interior temperatures constant.com are still visible. Living space: 3. Nails: Tremont Nail Co.nishing them to make them look old.Glass (pictured opposite.customhomeonline. reproducing missing or damaged wood pieces and choosing to simply paint the new items. Cooktop: Viking.. and it works with the freshly painted areas to form a visual record of all the years the house has stood. D. he believes. “There’s something about it that feels organic because of the slight imperfections.400 square feet. you could see the beauty of 200 years of weathering. Washer/dryer: Maytag.” Project Credits: Builder: Glass Construction. and solid reconstruction all contribute to a sense of well-being inside the house. “I realized it would be such a shame to lose this patina. The restored rooms’ high ceilings. November/December 2010 / Custom Home / 47 .. A new house. Restoration architect: Dwight Matthews Architect. Photography: Powers and Crewe Photography. waterborne urethane. changed his mind. and designed the home’s cabinetry and other new detailing himself. “They make it more human. Bathroom fixtures: Toto USA. instead of faux. Washington. stabilized it with a clear. Va. Restoration carpenter: Richard Williams. Track lighting brightens the spaces while leaving the old ceiling beams intact.C. But it wouldn’t have had the same character. Flint Hill. Refrigerator: Sub-Zero.” He developed a hybrid approach inside the house. generous natural light.. Va. Construction cost: $257 per square foot. Heat pumps: Trane.” he says.C. Brick: Cushwa. he cleaned the remaining original woodwork. Hardware: Baldwin. would have cost about the same amount of money. then applied a coat of clear polyurethane. Dishwasher: Bosch. Site: 117 acres.” he says. S. Aldie. Flooring (tile): Ann Sacks. All of its nicks and imperfections www. Architect Dwight Matthews did design drawings and helped with the permitting process while Glass ordered the materials and nishes.. Waterworks. Lutron. “At Drayton Hall. Oven: Viking.. gracious proportions.

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