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They Found the Views with a Cherry Picker ... and Went Up for Them

Magazine article Sunset

They Found the Views with a Cherry Picker ... and Went Up for Them

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They found the views with a cherry picker . . . and went up for them

"Look for the opportunity, then exploit it'is an old adage--but it can be a useful reminder in designing a house. It was especially relevant to the task of fitting this new house onto a 50- by 75-foot lot in San Diego. Though the house is just a block from the bay, neighboring houses built up to the lot line blocked its ground-floor views.

San Diego architects Ralph Roesling andKotaro Nakamura saw their opportunity in height and careful site planning. First, they rented a cherry picker to determine where the best views were; they found them facing south, from second- and third-floor heights at the back of the lot. With an L-shaped plan, they could place the main living areas there, where views weren't blocked by the neighbors. One side of the narrow master bedroom wing faces the street; the other skirts one side of the entry garden.

Sitting on concrete piers, the house leavesmost of the ground floor free for covered parking (badly needed in the densely developed area) and lifts the living room, dinning room, and kitchen high enough to capture views and south-facing outdoor space. …

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