A ‘modern, energy efficient, affordable, new home’ was built recently in Richmond Heights by architectural firm Mademan Design. Firm owner, Nick Adams, sent this about the house to 40 South News. It is also on the Mademan Design website.
Richmond Heights Plan and Zoning voted in favor of the design, at 7344 Arlington Drive, in April 2014.
Nick Adams on the Richmond Heights house:
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 side yard 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. This was a big miss for sure, 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.
Photos courtesy Mademan Design