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June 29, 2011

When Bob Stansel and Tammy Marek were planning their new luxury home here,
they didn’t want to overwhelm the neighbors. So they buried half of it.

Except for its arching corrugated metal roof, the unadorned modern structure
built of concrete and glass barely rises higher than the grassy slope into which
it’s built. More than 3,200 of the four-bedroom home’s roughly 6,400 square feet
are located in a lower level, making the house appear more than twice as big
from the side as it does from the front.

Using subterranean construction to avoid restrictive building codes is a
popular option in places like California’s Napa Valley, where home owners burrow underground
for more space. But the couple here said their decision wasn’t driven by
regulations; instead it was their own desire for a pared-down aesthetic.

“I don’t think I’d want people thinking that was my dream of retirement, to
build some monster,” said Mr. Stansel, a 65-year-old former mortgage banker who
moved into the East Hampton home with his wife this winter. “We didn’t want a
bunch of expensive decorations on the outside.”

On the property, Japanese maple and copper beech trees sit near a planted
flat-roofed garage and grass driveway whose wide-set cobblestones look like part
of the landscaping. Mr. Stansel took a 1,200-pound glacial rock, which he bought
for $2,000 after becoming intrigued by its Alaska history, and
trucked it from storage in Portland, Ore. to use outside as a garden feature.

The interior is simple, reflecting the desires of Ms. Marek, a 52-year-old
day trader and horse lover—the couple has four horses that are boarded away from
home in Connecticut and Holland. “It’s more like a loft,” she said.
The front door leads to an open plan living area with flooring made of Oregon
black walnut and white Bulgarian limestone. A concrete slab marks the staircase,
which is held up with a harpsichord-like row of steel cables. Arched glass walls
surround the modern living room and lacquered wood kitchen, hugging the curve of
the roof.

Downstairs, a sitting area and den are lit by three pairs of 9-foot tall
glass French doors around a lower courtyard. Mr. Stansel’s study and a general
storage area, however, are in rooms without any direct light.

Architects are seeing more houses with unassuming façades that explode in
size when viewed from the back, or homes split into multiple buildings so
they’ll look less massive, or even homes that New York architect Lee Skolnick
calls “McRanchions”—1950s ranch houses given luxury makeovers. “There’s a trend
we’re seeing—it’s called ‘perceived thrift,'” said Chris Rose, an architect
based in Charleston, S.C. “It’s kind of like the ladies going to
Bergdorf’s and still buying stuff, but putting it in a brown bag.”

Mr. Stansel had his fill when it came to towering properties: In 2009, he and
Ms. Marek bought Canterbury Castle, a 1930s landmark in Portland, Ore. with a moat, drawbridge and turret, for about
$290,000. They were already living in the house next door and bought the site as
an investment. The city had deemed the crumbling edifice structurally unsound,
clearing the way for the couple to raze it. Some locals were opposed, but the
couple considered it unsafe and an eye sore.

At the same time, Mr. Stansel and Ms. Marek were beginning construction on
the Long Island house. East Hampton-based architect Maziar Behrooz had come up
with a design for the land’s previous owner, who was inspired by a photo of an
F-16 fighter jet nosing out of an airplane hangar for the building’s shape. Mr.
Behrooz dubbed it the Arc House, after the curve of the galvanized aluminum
roof. Mr. Stansel was drawn to the home’s low-slung profile.

The couple paid $1.25 million for the property down a long road lined with
tall pines, and another $2.2 million for the building, Mr. Stansel said. Nearby,
in a subdivision with meadows and fields for polo matches, a home is on the
market for $2.9 million.

The couple moved to New York because they thought it would make it easier to
travel to Europe in their retirement, though they are considering spending the
winters in Portland if they don’t find a buyer for their property there.

Outside their Long Island home, a memento from their Portland past is now set
into the ground. Two heavy stones serve as steps to a soon-to-be-built Zen
garden—pieces of the castle they once owned.

Click here to see more pictures of the Half-There
House

from:  http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/the-half-there-house.html

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Bob Stansel

2     2 1

 

his primary challenge (BS) and the most important thing he can do (BA) both = 21 = Perspective.  Viewpoint.  Seeing the big picture.  In the bigger scheme of things.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Tammy Marek

21447 41952     39

 

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = Ideal.  Nice.  Perfect.  Living in a dream world.

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