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5530 Longmont Drive — Paul N. Brow, Architect, LLC

5530 Longmont Drive — Paul N. Brow, Architect, LLC

The client has lived on this Tanglewood site under the canopy of three mature live oaks since the 1980’s when they purchased it from a grandparent. Although they first considered remodeling the original house, they ultimately concluded that a new house would better meet their needs.

Having spent many decades in the neighborhood, they had grown fond of the casual & humble ranch houses that are now quickly disappearing. The new house needed to be imbued with the spirit of the original houses through the use of unpretentious informal massing, strong horizontal lines, regionally appropriate materials, and details demonstrating a high regard for traditional craftsmanship. The house wasn’t to feel “new” and needed to avoid current trends in style & materiality as well as the giant scale on most new builds. It needed to be nestled into the live oaks’ canopy and appear to be a survivor from a previous era.

The “H” plan allows most rooms to have at least two outside walls with views to the surrounding garden. Many rooms were placed in similar locations as the original house, which creates a surprising feeling of familiarity. The back yard wings become single story to minimize the need for branch pruning. Brick from the original house was recycled as garden paving material. Quality, economy, and longevity weighed equally in every design & specification decision to ensure all aspects of the project held true to design intent while keeping the budget down and ensuring long-term efficiency & minimal maintenance.