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WOODLAND RAMBLE
 
    This design mines architectural history to resolve contradictory desires: for an old-fashioned residence reflective of the owners' contemporary design sensibility; for a private getaway that also welcomes guests; and for the refined pleasures of Connecticut country living on a reasonable budget. During an initial discussion, our clients expressed a fondness for the ad hoc layout of farmhouses as well as for Shingle Style design; these references sparked a memory of a 1937 Bay Area residence by the California architect Bernard Maybeck.
    In that spirit, the firm developed a shingle-wrapped residence consisting of three connected structures—the main house, a middle volume for guests, and a garage/sleeping loft—that updates the classic farmhouse via a freestyle treatment of the undulating roofline that unites the multiple forms. By locating visitors in a separate wing, the plan preserves the owners' privacy. And the design's reliance on visual drama, rather than expensive materials, to deliver architectural interest answered our clients' desire for a home that is both accessible and affordable.

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CTC&G: How would you define your style?
TK: We like to do a range of styles. We look at where the house is, physically and historically.
JI: We employ traditional materials in inventive ways, hybridizing styles to create new yet familiar forms, juxtaposing and heightening architectural effect by contrasting scale, texture and color.

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