Oversight and Integration of Structural Issues
In order to transform the existing residence into the client’s vision, a number of structural challenges were addressed. Portions of the existing residence were demolished to allow for the re-augmentation of the new structure. Careful consideration was given during the demolition phase to reduce exposure to damage and settling or disruption to the structure. We devised a strategy that adhered mostly to the original footprint but dramatically reshaped the volumes. Since the residence is located on waterfront property, our design adhered to FEMA regulations. The lower level of the structure’s foundation allows the inflow of tidewater through vents in order to prevent catastrophic flood damage. Our design included a new south and west terrace, marble finishes installed over wooden structures, and an expansive loggia which incorporated a balustrade system. Additionally, the whole roof system was reinforced to accommodate additional loads imposed by a clay and tile roof.