Tyler Engle Architects was style modular house style with a tight spending budget titled Trestle Residence. Respect for the land and a light touch on the raw earth were pivotal to the style of this 2200 SF house which was held to the street edge to keep the woods. Trestle Property is one particular of those homes that has a really tight budget and quite tough construction situations.
This home situated on a steeply slopping sight so innovative structural systems and modular construction were utilised. Auguer cast piles and a steel trestle produced a developing platform at half the cost of a classic foundation and retaining walls. Inspired by the Japanese Tatami mat and constructed like a prefab “kit of parts,” a 12’ x 16’ grid with 4’ cantilevered side bays provided for an economical structural span of less than 14’ and common lumber modules (4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood), also reducing waste. Clearstory windows flood the public spaces with daylight precluding the need for artificial light in the course of the day. This elevated home provides a vibrant interior privatized from the street, with beucolic views to the preserved woods beyond.