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  Rosado - Hansen ResidenceRosado l Hansen Residence


CDG Architects, Ltd.
2102 N. Country Club Road, #9, Tucson, AZ 85716

General Description

Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date Bid: Mar 2011 Construction Period: Apr 2011 to Dec 2011
Total Square Feet: 3,175 Site: 8,400 square feet.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 850; first floor, 2,325; total, 3,175 square feet.
Building Height: Garage & house, 10’6”; total with parapet, 13’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

General Contractor: Gipson Corwin Homes - 9988 N. Clayton Road, Marana, AZ 85653
Landscape Architect: Turner Design LLC - 4930 N. Calle la Vela, Tucson, AZ 85718

Paul Rosado and Mia Hansen have shared a three-bedroom house since July 1995, using two bedrooms as separate sleeping quarters and the third as a shared office. They looked for several years to purchase a home in midtown Tucson, but did not find one that suited their specific needs. When the house next door became available for purchase, the couple made a decision to buy it and see if they could create the space they needed.

Frank Mascia, FAIA, of CDG Architects was selected as architect because of the home he designed and built on an infill lot for his own family. He was the first architect to appreciate the separation that Paul and Mia have in their lifestyles. Mascia's immediate recommendation was to demolish the existing structure and start with a clean site. He worked closely with Paul and Mia to design a home that would meet their domestic, professional and social goals.

Situating the new house at the rear of the lot eliminated the typical backyard and created a compound surrounding an interior courtyard that greets guests once access is granted via remote controlled entry gate. The open living/cooking/dining area is flanked by two sleeping/office wings, with guest quarters accessed off the central courtyard. Mia, a dancer by training, desired ample room to move about within her office, listen to music and readily access the larger living space. Paul wanted the ability to seal himself off from the rest of the house. His office was placed adjacent to the gated street entrance.

Mia enjoys entertaining large groups and specifically desired a strong indoor-outdoor connection between the great room and the shaded landscaped courtyard and covered patio. The 10-foot great room ceiling joists continue to rise out over the patio; eight foot aluminum sliding glass doors mounted off the floor partition the indoor from outdoor space. Natural light streams into the main living space through these "windows" which are easily opened for natural ventilation, also requested by the couple. The central kitchen is a focal point of the home, and is ideal for entertainment functions. Wheelchair accessibility throughout the home was a significant factor for Mia's brother who is a frequent guest and active participant in social functions.

Living busy, independent lives, the couple chose materials that would require minimum upkeep, including exposed energy-efficient Integra block walls, polished concrete floors and metal flashings at the roof lines. Color is also very important to the project. The "stucco" portions of the home's exterior are painted deep shades of red and purple, well juxtaposed against the exposed concrete block and the galvanized metal flashing and fencing. Colored paint is used sparingly at the interior, with the furnishings, artwork and linens providing vibrancy.

The construction occurred during 2011 - not the best of financial times. Although commodity prices were peaking and materials were being delivered with fuel surcharges, the Rosada Hansen project was one of only a few homes under construction in the Tucson Metro area. The cooperation of the trades was exceptional and the finest craftsmen were available to construct the home.

Product Information
Insulated Metal Panel: Centria
Block: Trenwyth
Roofing: Firestone
Flooring: Stonepeak Ceramic, Mohawk Carpet
Windows: Kawneer
Elevators: KONE
Lighting: Gardco, Day-Brite, Lite-Control, Kenall

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