By Matthew Power Building a 77-unit townhouse community to fit into a historic town built in the 1800s was a tough design challenge for architects Guy Farris and Dan McAllister. "We decided on three floor plans," Farris notes, "ranging from 1,361 square feet to 1,418 square feet, built using traditional lines, materials, and accents."

With construction costs of $110 per square foot, and land development costs at $120,000 per unit, the homes, built on 3.4 acres, achieve a density of 23 units per acre. They will sell for about $350,000, with a target market of singles, couples, and small families wanting to move in town.

Builder Toll Olson executed the stucco-faced elevations beautifully, with flawless gutter detailing and extended overhangs to catch and divert rainwater from potential trouble spots around penetrations. This is a good example of integrating moisture control into a design in a way that adds to the architectural statement of the elevation.

Interiors are simple yet highly efficient in their use of space, with two- car parking on the lower of the smaller two-level floor plan, with a large master bedroom suite on the upper floor.

Category: Attached/Townhouse community; Entrant/Architect/Land Planner: KTGY Group, Irvine, Calif.; Builder/Developer: The Olson Co., Seal Beach, Calif.; Landscape Architect: Odyssey, Stockton, Calif.

Photo: Mert Carpenter

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