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Richmond Heights Home in St. Louis, Missouri by Mademan design
October 8th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Mademan design
On a steep, narrow, vacant lot in Richmond Heights we built a modern home. The process wasn’t easy, including months of back-and-forth discussion with the municipality, losing the original contractor that introduced us to the project, and editing $100k out of the budget. In the end, we created one of The City’s only modern, energy efficient, affordable, new homes and one that still meets most of the clients’ wishlist as well as their budget.
Building a modern home in St Louis was a challenge, especially on an unusually narrow parcel of land. It took two community hearings and countless emails to get approval for the design. The 18 foot wide home required a 2 foot sideyard setback variance as well as a separate architectural review due to its ‘unusual aesthetic’ – clad in cedar, steel, and brick. We took a proactive approach in show of community support and started an online petition to ‘Let Us Build Modern,’ generating over 200 neighborhood supporters and ultimately the approval of the Richmond Heights architectural review board.
With the design approved and a new contractor selected we put the project out to bid. The result was a home that was nearly $100k over budget. The home had to get smaller and simpler but to keep some of what we thought were the dynamic features in the project we opted to self-perform all of the steel work at a reduced price. The exterior stair, deck, and awning turned out great and it was just one, of many lessons learned on this, the first ground-up project completed by our young office.
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