The Modern House project evolved from a full-scale remodel of the clients original mid-century modern home to a custom design-build project. After careful consideration and examination, we determined it was more suitable for the client to start from scratch so we could build exactly what they wanted. With the help of Dovetail Design and Integrity Architecture, the design of the home became a style incredibly unique to Lexington.
The exterior facade includes James Hardie Lap and Panel Siding painted with Sherwin Williams Black Magic. Tamlyn trims for panel joints color matched to the siding to maintain a clean look. The back of the house features a cantilevered flat roof section with Nichiha EmpireBlock panels on the lower portion and a cedar lap siding with 3” reveal. The cedar accents continue to the back porch with a 6” tongue and groove cedar ceiling and 10×10 cedar columns. Three different types of roofs composed of CertainTeed Pro Moire black asphalt shingles, Kynar Standing Seam Metal roofing on the front and back porch as well as all the dormers, and the flat roof section with ethylene propylene diene terpolymer. Andersen Aluminum Clad windows and doors with a black finish to blend with the facade. Concrete planters and retaining walls to maintain an industrial, modern look.
The home’s interior continues an ultra-modern design. The house was designed around the HenryBuilt kitchen cabinetry and required precision in the design and the field for a flawless look. Tile flooring throughout the first floor and white oak hardwood flooring stained with Bona Classic Seal on the second floor. A crowning feature of the home is the flush trim detail for a continuous 1/4” reveal between the drywall and trim through the entire home. The floating staircase from first to second floor are white oak finished in the same stain as the floors, as well as the the handrails complimented by stainless steel cables. Exposed structural collar ties called Halfen Rods were powder coated black to contrast with the white ceilings in the Great Room. We designed the home’s lighting to specifically showcase the clients artwork with fixtures spaced strategically to wash walls. Furthermore, can lights in the vaulted ceiling of the Great Room were directed at walls across the room to wash art work adorning the walls. Additional features of the Great Room include the HenryBuilt bar cabinetry, Starmark media cabinetry and modern lineal fireplace.
Custom site built closet cabinetry in the master closet. The master bath contains several show-stopping features, including Ann Saks tiled accent wall. Twelve-feet floating vanity with wall mounted faucets and Caesarstone in a Fresh Concrete finish countertop and high splash. Pocket doors throughout the home feature Eclisse soft-close hardware.
A late addition to the project was the room underneath the garage. A pit created from the original home’s basement offered an opportunity to increase the home square footage in the basement. With three steel beams, corrugated metal decking and an elaborate rebar detail, we were able to make a suspended slab in the garage creating a room underneath. This room, which can serve a multitude of functions, will become an in-home gym.
Features of the home that go unseen include the Weather Resistive Barrier, Delta Vent SA which provided an extremely tight envelope for the structure. This assisted in achieving a 1.16 Air Change Per Hour (ACH 50), approaching passive house standards making for an extremely high-performing and comfortable home. Additionally, an ERV was installed providing fresh air for the home from the outside and exhausting stale air from the inside.