Exterior of Branch House by TOLO Architecture

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Working closely with an arborist, the design team installed concrete piers in areas that would be within the drip lines of trees to enable the home to cantilever out and come close to the oak trees without damaging them. "It’s almost like an acupuncture needle," says architect Peter Tolkin. Areas of the home that needed plumbing and other services were located over more traditional foundations that were well clear of the trees.