Residential design on irregular site conditions
Friedo, Sean T.
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Statement of issue/problem . Why are most atypical building sites, sites that are not flat and/or sites that are filled with things such as hills, valleys, rocks, trees etc., either mechanically altered to fit the status quo or abandoned altogether? I intend to explore the issues that lead to the widespread use of regular sites, sites that are virtually flat with little or no defining characteristics, for the typical family home. When choosing a site, are the financial issues truly as significant as they appear or are there other factors at play? Statement of significance of issue . The typical family home need not be so "typical"; in fact, uniqueness of design can stem from the uniqueness of site. There may be reasons to ignore a site due to its complexity, but there could be many more reasons why an irregular site could lead to a much more gratifying architectural design. Residential design does not need to begin or end on a flat, featureless site. Method of inquiry . Through this exploration I have uncovered the pros and cons of dealing with an irregular site from all aspects. After studying several relevant precedents I compiled what I have learned. Last, I chose an irregular site and developed a design for it, keeping in mind all of the issues presented to me, both positive and negative. Expected outcome . I expect to gain a complete understanding of all the aspects of dealing with an irregular site. I also intend to produce a bound volume that will explain this in detail and will also identify what steps one would need to take to complete a successful residential design on an irregular site.