Kansas architect Dan Rockhill remedied two site drawbacks—a steep slope and street noise—in one swoop by placing the bulk of the 1,500-square-foot home on the second level and tucking an additional bedroom, bathroom, and carport underneath. But, his biggest flourish was a slatted exterior screen of Cumaru wood that shields the inexpensive metal siding.
For Randy Brown’s Omaha, Nebraska, home, the architect turned to a local hardware store to purchase a collection of standard two-by-four and one-by-two wood slats. He transformed the boards into an installation that separates his youngest son’s room from the communal living area, and the entire endaeavor was completed in a week with the handy help of two students from his summerlong design-build workshop.
Taking cues from a Japanese-influenced slatted screen applied to the house’s facade, Hufft Projects applied a ring of ipe wood around the perimeter of this outdoor firepit.
So instead of the clapboard siding or shingles common in the region, the architects of this house in upstate New York devised a rain screen of Atlantic white cedar that floats four-and-a-half inches off the structure. The clever cover allows the house to breathe, drains away moisture, and conceals the “cheap and hideous foam” covering the house’s multilayered insulation sandwich.