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lowrie street – recladding

lowrie street – recladding


Sometimes an architect’s most influential voice comes from improving the overall image of an existing building without adding to it.

The original house and exterior deck was designed by another architect in the late 2000’s, but the construction was never completed inside. Within five years the exterior was prematurely decaying. The owner decided to put his energy into finding an architect to transform its image into something unique and the look he always intended.

lee CALISTI architecture+design took this commission beyond the mere visual improvement but took the owner on a journey of intense detail study for two rain-screen cladding systems that would address both the durability concerns as well as the visual expectations. A conscientious and enthusiastic contractor completed the building team who worked together from the beginning to seek out systems that met with the budgetary limitations and graphic anticipations of the client. After many design studies, site visits where the cladding systems were being installed, pages of details, mock ups, and coordination with local fabricators and manufacturer representatives, the contractor took on the challenge of re-cladding the structure on a difficult site.

Phase II to complete the interior is currently being considered.

Contractor: 8 Point Construction and Remodeling
Photographer: Skysight Photography
Photographer: Lee Calisti

“…No other architect remotely conveyed the passion for design, technical competency, attention to detail, and overall integrity that Mr. Calisti displayed. Lee went on to save the day and this phase of the project.  Lee’s every effort was aimed at advancing my best interest as owner and the successful completion of this project. My only regret is that I did not meet Lee sooner. I could not be happier with the outcome and would not even consider moving forward with the next phase of this project unless Lee was on board!!” (see full quote here)