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April 2015
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Topic of the Month: A Woodland Home in Connecticut

Architectural Firm of the Month: Joseph A. Buchek, Architect

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"I believe that by working together we can create something wonderful. Something that neither you nor I could ever conceive of on our own. Such is the power of the collaborative spirit."

"Your ideas have probably been percolating in your head for a while. It will take some serious listening on my part to retrieve those ideas and begin to turn them into a built form. The process continues with numerous meetings to further refine these ideas and concepts until we reach a point when we say, "Hey, that's it! That's what I've always dreamed of."

"Then my task is to create the necessary documents to ensure that you end up with a code-compliant, strong, technically sound structure which will enrich your life for many years. I will follow the construction through until completion. We will gaze in wonder at the beauty of this new creation."

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A charming home surrounded by woodland in Hartford, Connecticut was badly in need of a renovation of its poorly constructed sunroom. An addition was also required. Architect Joseph A. Buchek was the architect hired for the project. After demolishing the original sunroom, a new family room was constructed along with a mudroom and half bath, and the kitchen was reconstructed as well. The new areas of the home added 500 square feet to size of the residence.


Buchek explains, "The homeowner wanted to replace the poorly constructed sunroom, reorganize what they referred to as a "habitrail" of circulation spaces, create a more functional kitchen which connected to the family room, and provide a large mudroom space which connected to the existing garage. The existing sunroom, which was supported on concrete piers, was demolished and the addition was built on a continuous concrete foundation wall with properly sized footings."


The changes to the home made a huge difference in navigating one's way through the rooms from one part of the house to another. Buchek explains, "The circulation paths were more clearly defined by creating two major "axis" which run the length of the house. It is now possible to look all the way from one end of the house to the other and see the sequence of spaces as they are presented to you."


The kitchen was reconstructed with a large island that opens to the family room. There is a beautiful use of wood throughout the home. "The owner chose red oak floors to match the existing floors, and they also selected the wood for the kitchen cabinets," explains, Buchek.


There are windows throughout the house, particularly in the family room, that help connect the interior space to nature outside. A wall of windows in the family room looks out to a view of lush green undeveloped woodland. The thoughtful composition of three rows of windows, vertical and then square with one square window above at the peak where wall and ceiling meet is a harmonious one, allowing homeowners to connect with the beauty of nature from within while simultaneously enjoying a warm, comfortable living area. Buchek explains, "The owners wanted to maximize the view out to the undeveloped woods adjacent to the addition. Using similar sized units creates a comfortable pattern for the eye."


When asked if the style of the home is typical of his design style, Buchek replies, "I have no "style". Every project is absolutely unique and is tailored to the existing work to create a seamless transition from existing to new. It is my goal on every project to make the addition disappear and look like it was part of the original construction."


"In collaborating with the owner, we investigated over a dozen different designs to make sure that we came up with one that was exactly what the owner wanted." And that is precisely what the architect did, with great success. 



Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
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