Cost-Effective Family Home in Pittsburgh

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July 7, 2014
Originally published in Modern Across America
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Coming Home
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  By using salvaged materials—such as a steel staircase—and doing much of the work themselves, Andrew Moss and Michelle Yanefski built their house in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood for $135 per square foot.
    By using salvaged materials—such as a steel staircase—and doing much of the work themselves, Andrew Moss and Michelle Yanefski built their house in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood for $135 per square foot.
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  A Batons chandelier from LBL Lighting hangs over the dining table. A garage-style door by Overhead Door opens onto a patio that gets plenty of use when the weather cooperates.
    A Batons chandelier from LBL Lighting hangs over the dining table. A garage-style door by Overhead Door opens onto a patio that gets plenty of use when the weather cooperates.
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  The living area features a Petrie sofa from Crate & Barrel and a Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer from Knoll. A vintage walnut coffee table by Lane Furniture sits atop a rug that the couple purchased at Weisshouse, a Pittsburgh home-furnishings store.
    The living area features a Petrie sofa from Crate & Barrel and a Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer from Knoll. A vintage walnut coffee table by Lane Furniture sits atop a rug that the couple purchased at Weisshouse, a Pittsburgh home-furnishings store.
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  In the kitchen, Echo pendants from Tech Lighting hang above quartz countertops from Cambria. “The cabinets were a cost-driven solution,” Moss says. “The kitchen was developed around Ikea cabinet boxes, but we sourced the semi-custom cabinet front panels through an online retailer, 27estore.com.” The range is by Frigidaire and the wall-mounted range hood is by Cavaliere. A pair of Lyra stools by Design Group Italia for Magis round out the space.
    In the kitchen, Echo pendants from Tech Lighting hang above quartz countertops from Cambria. “The cabinets were a cost-driven solution,” Moss says. “The kitchen was developed around Ikea cabinet boxes, but we sourced the semi-custom cabinet front panels through an online retailer, 27estore.com.” The range is by Frigidaire and the wall-mounted range hood is by Cavaliere. A pair of Lyra stools by Design Group Italia for Magis round out the space.
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  The roof deck, with views of the nearby St. Augustine church and beyond to downtown Pittsburgh, features partially recycled plastic decking from Rhino Deck and a custom galvanized-steel railing with frosted Plexiglas panels. “Pittsburgh’s one of those cities that if you grew up here, it has a draw that pulls you back,” Moss says.
    The roof deck, with views of the nearby St. Augustine church and beyond to downtown Pittsburgh, features partially recycled plastic decking from Rhino Deck and a custom galvanized-steel railing with frosted Plexiglas panels. “Pittsburgh’s one of those cities that if you grew up here, it has a draw that pulls you back,” Moss says.
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  One of the couple’s favorite elements is the tongue-and-groove wall by the stairs. After staining and finishing the Douglas fir boards themselves, they gave their contractor a mathematical pattern developed by their teenage son, Griffin. “It’s like a puzzle for people to try and figure out,” Moss says. Carrier designed the curvilinear steel railing.
    One of the couple’s favorite elements is the tongue-and-groove wall by the stairs. After staining and finishing the Douglas fir boards themselves, they gave their contractor a mathematical pattern developed by their teenage son, Griffin. “It’s like a puzzle for people to try and figure out,” Moss says. Carrier designed the curvilinear steel railing.
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  “The use of corrugated metal “was a very cost-effective cladding solution that pays homage to the metal-clad warehouse buildings in Lawrenceville,” Moss says, “but it does so in a manner that matches the scale of most of the lap-siding homes in the area.” The windows are mostly standard sizes from Pella.
    “The use of corrugated metal “was a very cost-effective cladding solution that pays homage to the metal-clad warehouse buildings in Lawrenceville,” Moss says, “but it does so in a manner that matches the scale of most of the lap-siding homes in the area.” The windows are mostly standard sizes from Pella.
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  Lola House Floor Plan

A	Living-Dining Room
B	Entrance
C	Half Bathroom
D	Kitchen
E	Office
F	Mud Room
G	Garage
H	Master Bedroom
I	Master Bathroom
J	Master Closet
K	Bathroom
L	Laundry Room
M	Bedroom
    Lola House Floor Plan A Living-Dining Room B Entrance C Half Bathroom D Kitchen E Office F Mud Room G Garage H Master Bedroom I Master Bathroom J Master Closet K Bathroom L Laundry Room M Bedroom
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