This section highlights some of the important and interesting features of Davids designs.
Unlike most Architectural firms that create 2 dimensional plans and elevations, we use 3D software.
We create a virtual building from which all of our plans, elevations and sections are generated.
If we change a door or move a wall on our model, all of the drawings automatically change with it.
This makes errors less likely and it allows our clients to see their home in perspective, from any angle, at an early stage in the project.
By code, any drop in elevation on a grade of more than 30 inches requires a guardrail.
Guardrails are functional but they can also block your view.
We replaced the railing with a pool that acts as a moat to protect people from the cliff below without blocking the ocean views.
An exterior bridge meets a traditional door set in a steel frame that is wrapped in stone veneer.
The stone is surrounded by frameless glass so that it appears to float in the air.
Behind the door the bridge continues into the interior to the mezzanine.
Yes, that sunset is real.
How do you get lots of views to the ocean without destroying the integrity of a Tuscan style home?
Here a traditional Italian logia that is so common as outdoor space has been captured with glass that passes through the stone columns.
The result is wide open views from habitable space that looks as if is outdoors.
In rare instances a City’s lot coverage is limited by roof area, not by building footprint.
On this project we wanted a covered walkway from the entry gate to the front door but did not want to give up 200 sq. ft. of habitable space.
So we designed an open trellis that did not count as roof but had overlapping channels to make for a rain proof passage.
Each L shaped section is notched at the ends for water to flow away from the path of travel.
This home, built against a steep mountain hillside had very large areas above that needed to drain to the street.
Rather than risking conventional drains and pipes that can clog and overflow, the rain water was treated with a sculptural element.
A concrete V ditch behind the home funnels into a channel which in turn becomes a property line aqueduct above the sloping land, terminating in a waterfall to the street.
Prior to excavation holes are drilled deep into the earth.
Steel rebar cages are dropped in place and then filled with concrete.
Once hardened these caissons act as 'flagpoles' to support the earth above as the soil is excavated on the downhill side.
This is referred to as shoring. Most shoring is temporary construction devised to hold up the earth until the retaining walls are constructed.
In this case the shoring will become part of the final construction.
Please see the retaining walls.
After excavation water proofing is put in place, steel rebar for the concrete retaining walls is tied to the rebar coming out of the caissons.
Concrete will be 'shot' onto the rebar with a fire hose and troweled flat before it cures.
This is done in 'lifts' several feet at a time so that the weight of the concrete above does not push out the wet concrete below.
The final result is that the shoring, retaining walls and exterior walls of the home have all been constructed as one.
In this case the savings in cost was approximately 3/4 of a million dollars compared to conventional construction techniques.
The roof of this home is curved. The wall below also bows out and in like an S shape.
The steel tube headers therefore needed to be curved in both plan and elevation.
The computer drawing files of this part of the building were sent to the steel subcontractor and with caddcam technology the steel was bent and welded to the exact shape required.
Looking like an outdoor fireplace, this is actually a grill and trellis for Rio Del Sol in Cathedral City.
Most housing developments make good neighbors with fences.
We placed a thin greenbelt with a 6 to 7 foot high landscaped berm for privacy and a feeling of openness.
This desert development of 250 homes is landscaped to be drought and fire resistant.
This development in the desert was constructed of ICF ( insulated concrete forms).
The combination of super insulation with the thermal mass of concrete creates the perfect material for the temperature extremes of Cathedral City.
24 inch deep open web trusses in the roof allowed for twice as much insulation as typical homes.
The energy needs of this community is dramatically less than neighboring homes.
This Mammoth Mountain home was built in 1983 and features over 70% of it's glazing facing South.
Behind the glass of the Great Room are a series of water filled aluminum tanks that collect solar heat during the day that radiate back into the house at night.
Insulated blinds are drawn at night to help conserve energy.
The roofs have 18 inches of insulation, and the walls feature 6 inches of insulation between the studs with an additional inch rigid insulation over that.
There is only 6 square feet of glazing to the North. Decades before energy conservation became fashionable this home has utility bills that are less than half that of their neighbors.