The Graphic House

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Builder
  • Stronghold NWA
Photographer
Location
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2015
  • Square Feet
  • 2595
  • Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • The Graphic House is a single-family home for a middle income family of four that occupies a corner lot within a typical suburban neighborhood. The 2,595 square foot home was constructed for just $185 per square foot to meet the family’s modest budget. The “L” configuration keeps the house’s program on a single level, providing an accessible home for the family and simplifying the building’s organization. The plan arrangement frames the landscape behind the house and responds to both residential scales of the primary and secondary neighborhood streets. The second story loft creates a strong figure, a bold graphic, along the primary street edge, giving prominence to the house while respecting the scale of the neighboring homes.

    The exterior carapace cladding is a distinctive rain screen system of scarfed end cedar siding, with a 1/4” horizontal gap between the boards. The cedar is stained charcoal black, bringing emphasis to the figure that seemingly floats above the concrete brick base of the house. The narrow height of the bricks (4” nominal height) and the raked horizontal joints complement the linearity of the house.

    The floor plan has an open organization with a large painted, poplar-lined fireplace and storage piece separating the public from the private spaces. A skylight is cut directly above the finish face of the fireplace to articulate the undulation and movement of light on the textured surface throughout the day. The living room, kitchen, and dining room are defined by the birch veneered casework with intentionally exposed end-grain.

    A studio space, with a second level loft, is situated behind the service walls of the kitchen and dining area. The studio provides the owner, a graphic designer, home office space as well as opportunity for pursuing personal work in design and other mediums. Each bedroom has a unique steel box window to provide space for reading, sitting, and view. The master bedroom opens up to an exterior bamboo terrace, flooding the room with natural light, while still providing privacy from its neighbors.

    The graphic character of the landscape design complements the figural lines of the house. Like the composition of the house, the landscape is clearly delineated as it marks the entry sequence into the house and patio space behind the building, which serves as an extension of the living and dining rooms.

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    Floor Plan Photo  of The Graphic House modern home

    Floor Plan

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, and Brick Siding Material. Graphic House diagram Photo 2 of The Graphic House

    Graphic House diagram

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, and Brick Siding Material. West Elevation Photo 3 of The Graphic House

    West Elevation

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, and Brick Siding Material. North Elevation Photo 4 of The Graphic House

    North Elevation

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Wood Siding Material, Brick Siding Material, and Concrete Siding Material. Northwest Corner Photo 5 of The Graphic House

    Northwest Corner

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Concrete Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, and Brick Siding Material. Neighborhood Context Photo 6 of The Graphic House

    Neighborhood Context

    Modern home with Back Yard, Garden, Front Yard, Trees, Gardens, Hardscapes, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Exterior, House, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, and Brick Siding Material. Carapace and Concrete Brick Base Photo 7 of The Graphic House

    Carapace and Concrete Brick Base

    Modern home with House, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, Brick Siding Material, Front Yard, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Exterior, Shrubs, Hardscapes, and Gardens. West Elevation Photo 8 of The Graphic House

    West Elevation

    Modern home with Engineered Quartz Counter, Wood Cabinet, Concrete Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Accent Lighting, Undermount Sink, Dishwasher, Sofa, Gas Burning Fireplace, Coffee Tables, Standard Layout Fireplace, Dining Room, Chair, Table, Bar, and Stools. View Toward Entry Photo 9 of The Graphic House

    View Toward Entry

    Modern home with Engineered Quartz Counter, Wood Cabinet, Concrete Floor, Subway Tile Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Accent Lighting, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, Microwave, Range Hood, Cooktops, Chair, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Dining Room, Table, Stools, and Bar. View from Living Room Photo 10 of The Graphic House

    View from Living Room

    Modern home with Chair, Coffee Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Accent Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Concrete Floor, Standard Layout Fireplace, Gas Burning Fireplace, Bar, Stools, Table, Outdoor, Back Yard, Hardscapes, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Stone Patio, Porch, Deck. Living Room Opens onto Terrace Photo 11 of The Graphic House

    Living Room Opens onto Terrace

    Modern home with Living Room, Gas Burning Fireplace, and Standard Layout Fireplace. Detail of Sunlight on the Textured Fireplace Surface Photo 12 of The Graphic House

    Detail of Sunlight on the Textured Fireplace Surface

    Modern home with Kitchen. Sections Photo 13 of The Graphic House

    Sections

    Modern home with Office, Study, Craft Room, Chair, Bookcase, Shelves, Desk, Concrete Floor, and Storage. Studio and Loft Photo 14 of The Graphic House

    Studio and Loft

    Modern home with Bed, Bookcase, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Concrete Floor, Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Soaking Tub, Corner Shower, Subway Tile Wall, Drop In Tub, Undermount Sink, and One Piece Toilet. Windows from Interior Photo 15 of The Graphic House

    Windows from Interior

    Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Shrubs, Hardscapes, Gardens, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck, and Walkways. Transparency at Terrace Photo 16 of The Graphic House

    Transparency at Terrace

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Recessed Lighting, Concrete Floor, Dresser, Night Stands, and Ceiling Lighting. Master Bedroom Photo 17 of The Graphic House

    Master Bedroom

    Modern home with Back Yard, Shrubs, Hardscapes, Walkways, Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Bedroom, Bed, Chair, Night Stands, Dresser, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Concrete Floor. View from Master Bedroom Terrace Photo 18 of The Graphic House

    View from Master Bedroom Terrace

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Brick Siding Material, and Wood Siding Material. View from Adjacent Property Photo 19 of The Graphic House

    View from Adjacent Property

    Modern home with House, Wood Siding Material, Brick Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, Outdoor, Back Yard, Slope, Hardscapes, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, and Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck. Terrace at Dusk Photo 20 of The Graphic House

    Terrace at Dusk

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