Project Confirmation Number: 7948
Specialty Masonry: Masonry featured in walls, fencing, walk ways, and/or entry features.
1850 E 3900 S St.
Holladay, UT 84124
Brief description of the project:
Hidden Hollow is a 10-lot luxury home PUD in Holladay, Utah. It is a project of extremes with a 36 ft. vertical drop across two acres; small 5,000 to 6,000 sq. ft. lots; large 4,000 to 6,000 sq. ft. homes; and small front yards –many homes are less than 10 ft. from the street. The site was filled with garbage, 36 ft. deep which was removed and replaced with 300,000 cu. yd. of engineered fill. This was a very challenging project.
Size of Building:
2 Acre Site
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
10,400 brick General Shale: “Providence” and “Georgetown” style brick were used with a vine joint and pale orange mortar.
2,900 concrete blocks: both colored, split faced, and non-colored structural block with a flush and pale pink mortar.
14 sandstone caps: machine cut and tapered with shaped profiles.
Project completion date: October 2016
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques.
Most visitors say that Hidden Hollow has a European feel: it’s the narrow streets, the small yards, the classic designs and the detail of the homes including the masonry. One of the most prominent elements is the lighted masonry monuments that mark every home entrance.
Hidden Hollow also has prominent details along 39th South St. and at the main entrance. This area is a combination of five masonry materials into one, unified design. This was done to save money and give it a unique, inviting image with enough variety, texture and color to catch visitor’s attention.
We couldn’t afford to use brick on the whole 350 ft. frontage wall, so we explored other options. We ended up alternated block with perpendicular brick columns. In retrospect, we think it looks better that if it had been all brick. The colored block is split-faced, which is reversed toward and away from the street. The site was so small that there was very little space to work in, so we staggered the main wall back 2 ft. to give it some recesses for landscaping. We wanted it to look equally attractive on both sides.
The brick is predominantly “Providence”, but it is has “Georgetown” accents mixed into the shaped brick. The colors are different, but they are close enough to blend together.
Natural colored concrete block is hidden as structure. It was also used to protect the trees; we used at-grade masonry beams to span above the existing tree roots without damaging them.
The shaped stone caps were added to give it a classic look.
The main reason masonry was chosen was to create an image of “Old Money”. We didn’t want it to look trendy; we wanted it to be timeless and still look good 30 years from now. The other reason was the noise on 39th South Street; it is a very busy road. The mass of masonry reduced the noise and helped the residents forget the street was even there. Masonry did it all very well.
J. W. ROBINSON ARCHITECTS
HIDDEN HOLLOW LLC
SECOND NATURE CONSTRUCTION
SPEC MIX® a QUIKRETE COMPANY
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