Somerset Remodel

Architect: REX HOHLBEIN ARCHITECTS
Photos: LARA SWIMMER

For this extensive remodel, architect Rex Hohlbein returned some 20 years later to his own project, a rare opportunity for an architect, and an honor for Schultz Miller to have been chosen as the building partner, although we were not the original builder.

We took the house down to its concrete structure, rebuilt the exterior, and reconfigured and updated the interior spaces throughout, all while maintaining the home’s modern aesthetic and commanding views of the city and surrounding area.

The house had great bones but had lost its luster and was in need of a major overhaul. At one stage of the construction process, heavy machinery worked inside the confines of the house to expand the lower level. Walking the jobsite on those days, you had to have faith. Today the finished house feels new again, from the refurbished concrete down to the smallest details.

Polished concrete floors flow through the house on many levels. The main interior spaces feature long, precast concrete countertops, blackened steel paneling, and light wells for lighting artwork. Walls of glass open to ipe decks and an aerial view. It comes off as effortless, but the concrete structure made for narrow tolerances, with little room for error in installing the windows or maintaining reveals in walls.

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