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Cantilever House by Imbue Design

By Sophie Johnson


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This contemporary residence is a 2012 project by Imbue Design that is located in Holladay, Utah, USA.

The clients desired a tasteful yet casual design were family and friends could gather.

However, late sleepers should be warned: all bedrooms face east so as to soak up the morning sun.

Cantilever House by Imbue Design:

“What do you do with a vacant 1.32 acre lot in the built?out?burbs of Salt Lake City? You construct a 3,200 sq ft residence of simple form, for a family of complex desires.

The lower, massive volume extends eastward to the fruitful pasture.

An open plan allows the floor to hold all familial gathering functions, which spills out to a large exterior living space. The upper volume, housing all the private spaces, cantilevers off the lower mass and shelters the patio below.

All bedrooms face east, toward the glorious Wasatch Mountains; if you’re not a morning person, you will be converted.

The project discussion started with the client’s statement, “We are vodka?tonic fans, however this should be a beer and wine house.” Hosting friends and family becomes an event, where all can come together in one open space to enjoy each other’s company.

A twenty foot lift and slide door allows the interior space to extend to the fresh air patio, which houses a built-in cooking area and fire feature. Being able to take the party outside is important to these Black Rock City inhabitants, who enjoy sun salutations as well as strong libations.

Proximity to service connections didn’t stop these homeowner’s from disavowing the local, monopolistic utility companies. A tight building envelope, clad in four inches of expanded polystyrene brings the house beyond double the standard insulation values.

Geothermal lines embedded in the site aid in heating and cooling the radiant system of the house.

A heat recovery ventilator keeps air moving through the space, conditioning warmer spaces with cooler air from other portions of the house.

Operable Floor to ceiling fiberglass windows in every room allow the occupants to control the diurnal mountain breezes without compromising U value.

Triple-pane and quad-pane glazing diminish sound transmission as well as limiting unwarranted eastern summer solar gain.

Low maintenance materials was paramount for the client. Cementious plaster anchors the lower volume to the ground, while the upper volume is wrapped in burnt cedar. The port orford cedar is flash burnt to avoid rot, insects and any Black Rock training mishaps.”

Photos courtesy of Imbue Design

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About Sophie Johnson

As the senior editor for HomeDSGN, Sophie is the ultimate authority on all things home. With years of experience and a deep passion for home decor, she brings an unparalleled level of expertise to everything she does. From decorating and interior design or from cleaning to organization, her insights and guidance are invaluable to anyone looking to transform their living space. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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