Come Sail Away

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May 16, 2011

On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget.

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  The home’s metal cladding is Pac-Clad, a material typically used for roofs.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    The home’s metal cladding is Pac-Clad, a material typically used for roofs.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  To create a sense of luxury on a budget, the architect ran a thin concrete border along either side of the fireplace flue and flanked it with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The second story has two lofts joined by a steel bridge.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    To create a sense of luxury on a budget, the architect ran a thin concrete border along either side of the fireplace flue and flanked it with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The second story has two lofts joined by a steel bridge.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Church wanted a steel staircase inspired by a Jean Nouvel design. Her architect and contractor collaborated on an economical version that is used both inside and out.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Church wanted a steel staircase inspired by a Jean Nouvel design. Her architect and contractor collaborated on an economical version that is used both inside and out.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Sleek frosted glass sliding doors partition off the back sleeping loft for privacy without impeding light. They also lend the space an ethereal demeanor, which is echoed in the translucent curtains made of parachute fabric from ParaGear.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Sleek frosted glass sliding doors partition off the back sleeping loft for privacy without impeding light. They also lend the space an ethereal demeanor, which is echoed in the translucent curtains made of parachute fabric from ParaGear.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  A close-up of the bookshelves made of MDF clad in bamboo veneer.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    A close-up of the bookshelves made of MDF clad in bamboo veneer.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Church and Jett use the front loft for both work and play, thanks to a vintage mid-century desk that converts to a game table.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Church and Jett use the front loft for both work and play, thanks to a vintage mid-century desk that converts to a game table.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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    Photo by: David Robert Elliot
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  Mermet sun sails inspired by the nearby harbor shield Church and Jett from harsh sunlight, while practical, man-made planks by Veranda simulate wood but offer low maintenance and longevity. Bright orange Butterfly chairs from Circa50 add a pop of color.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Mermet sun sails inspired by the nearby harbor shield Church and Jett from harsh sunlight, while practical, man-made planks by Veranda simulate wood but offer low maintenance and longevity. Bright orange Butterfly chairs from Circa50 add a pop of color.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Frosted TipChurch wanted open shelving above the kitchen counters, but DeSalvo convinced her to go with Ikea cabinets with frosted-glass doors to ensure a uniform look. He installed inexpensive strip LED lights by Zilotek on the top inside edge of the cabinets to provide ambient illumination and silhouette the contents inside.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Frosted TipChurch wanted open shelving above the kitchen counters, but DeSalvo convinced her to go with Ikea cabinets with frosted-glass doors to ensure a uniform look. He installed inexpensive strip LED lights by Zilotek on the top inside edge of the cabinets to provide ambient illumination and silhouette the contents inside.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Extra FrostingDeSalvo designed a dramatically long, lean light fixture to hang over Church’s dining table out of simple off-the-shelf components from Menards. Four halogen pendant fixtures by Quantus hang in a row over a large, rectangular frosted-glass panel, which in turn is suspended from the ceiling on cables held in place with shelving brackets. Total cost: less than $200. menards.com  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Extra FrostingDeSalvo designed a dramatically long, lean light fixture to hang over Church’s dining table out of simple off-the-shelf components from Menards. Four halogen pendant fixtures by Quantus hang in a row over a large, rectangular frosted-glass panel, which in turn is suspended from the ceiling on cables held in place with shelving brackets. Total cost: less than $200. menards.com

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Nouvel Approach 
When the Nouvel staircase proved too costly to copy, DeSalvo designed an affordable version. The treads are perforated bent steel plates that appear to float on a support tube, while the railings are made from tension cables and galvanized handrails and posts. It offers a similar level of architectural impact and sense of transparency at relatively low cost (both stairways, plus a matching catwalk, came in at $6,000).  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Nouvel Approach When the Nouvel staircase proved too costly to copy, DeSalvo designed an affordable version. The treads are perforated bent steel plates that appear to float on a support tube, while the railings are made from tension cables and galvanized handrails and posts. It offers a similar level of architectural impact and sense of transparency at relatively low cost (both stairways, plus a matching catwalk, came in at $6,000).

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Epic SailTo reduce heat load and provide shade, DeSalvo initially tracked down a sail system from Sun Shade Australia. But the $6,000 price tag had the architect and contractor designing their own version out of Mermet solar screen fabric. It was fabricated by Covers Unlimited for $1,800. coversunlimitedinc.com  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Epic SailTo reduce heat load and provide shade, DeSalvo initially tracked down a sail system from Sun Shade Australia. But the $6,000 price tag had the architect and contractor designing their own version out of Mermet solar screen fabric. It was fabricated by Covers Unlimited for $1,800. coversunlimitedinc.com

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  The architect covered the exterior in Pac-Clad, a metal roofing material, because it's "cost-effective, durable, maintenance-free, and comes in various colors," says Church.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    The architect covered the exterior in Pac-Clad, a metal roofing material, because it's "cost-effective, durable, maintenance-free, and comes in various colors," says Church.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  A view of Church and Jett's lush yard.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    A view of Church and Jett's lush yard.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Jett seeks cell phone reception.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Jett seeks cell phone reception.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Church prepares a healthy lunch.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Church prepares a healthy lunch.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  In addition to a desk that doubles as a game table, the front upstairs loft houses a weathered leather Corbusier daybed.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    In addition to a desk that doubles as a game table, the front upstairs loft houses a weathered leather Corbusier daybed.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  A pair of black leather butterfly chairs face off with Corbusier ottomans in front of the concrete-edged fireplace.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    A pair of black leather butterfly chairs face off with Corbusier ottomans in front of the concrete-edged fireplace.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Church, who specializes in robotic assisted surgery, is also a skilled knitter.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Church, who specializes in robotic assisted surgery, is also a skilled knitter.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Jett rolls dough on a butcher block-topped storage unit that slides under the countertop to save space.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Jett rolls dough on a butcher block-topped storage unit that slides under the countertop to save space.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  A closer look at the dining table and bench joinery.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    A closer look at the dining table and bench joinery.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  A padded steel-and-metal bench runs the width of the living room, crossing below the television and in front of a ten-foot-high window. Despite the many design compromises Church had to make to accommodate her limited budget, "windows were the only items not up for discussion... they were the most costly items in the house."  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    A padded steel-and-metal bench runs the width of the living room, crossing below the television and in front of a ten-foot-high window. Despite the many design compromises Church had to make to accommodate her limited budget, "windows were the only items not up for discussion... they were the most costly items in the house."

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Early on in the design process, Church had to forgo her fantasy of concrete floors with radiant heat and a cast-concrete sink. But her gray-tiled bathroom satisfies her concrete-loving aesthetic at a much lower price point.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Early on in the design process, Church had to forgo her fantasy of concrete floors with radiant heat and a cast-concrete sink. But her gray-tiled bathroom satisfies her concrete-loving aesthetic at a much lower price point.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  Church and Jett's bed is splashed with eclectic textiles and linens.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    Church and Jett's bed is splashed with eclectic textiles and linens.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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  The second Jean Nouvel-inspired staircase lives outside, clinging to the side of the house and leading up to the roof deck, where there's a hot tub shaded by sun sails.  Photo by: David Robert Elliot
    The second Jean Nouvel-inspired staircase lives outside, clinging to the side of the house and leading up to the roof deck, where there's a hot tub shaded by sun sails.

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

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