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The Turett Collaborative is 26 Years Old

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We incorporated in January 1992… just after we designed and started operating our first Newsbar on 19th Street. That labor of love led to more Newsbars, then more cafés, restaurants, and retail storefronts. Looking back, those early jewels were great opportunities to innovate with new materials, imaginative and intricate details, complex programs and amazing, hands-on clients. Over the years since we’ve been fortunate to apply the early lessons to projects of every type, and at dramatically larger scales. We’ve lived in three places since — 45 West 18th, 86 Franklin and 277 Broadway— and our team or Interior Designers and Architects has grown to fifteen. But so much of the spirit of the early days still forms the core of our collaborative studio today.  TTC is what it is today because of the hard work, dedication and creative energy of our current…

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Passive House: Fresh Air by Design

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My first reaction after learning that a passive house is virtually sealed from the exterior was that it would feel claustrophobic. How can you live in a house that is completely sealed up?   The answer is you don’t in a passive house. The science of the passive house incorporates a constant flow of fresh air into the house while exhausting an equal amount of inside air. The device used is either an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilation unit) or an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation unit) depending on your climate.  These units let the air that is being exhausted exchange their heat/cool or energy to the air coming in. Some of these units are over 90% efficient. Typically fresh air is introduced to the bedrooms and living rooms and the air is exhausted from the bathrooms and kitchen. In the Greenport Passive House project, we…

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Upper West Side Townhouse Designed by Turett is on the Market

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Positioned on a prime, picture-perfect, tree-lined West Side block, just a few feet from Central Park, this gut-renovated and rebuilt Renaissance Revival 8,564 sf townhouse beauty delivers on every level. Originally built in 1910 and designed by architect George M. Walgrove, this classic turn of the century home, noteworthy for its distinctive rooftop turret, has been painstaking transformed through a years-long renovation into a mansion-scaled residence with elevator access to all seven floors, perfectly appointed for modern-day living, designed by noted architect Wayne Turett.   See the full listing here. 

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Wayne Turett’s Dream House

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A few years ago I started to see more information on Passive Houses in a number of architectural journals. The concept was simple, design a house that was very well insulated and sealed allowing very little infiltration that would reduce the demand for heating and cooling. That was the way I understood it. Perhaps I oversimplified it in my mind.  Unlike LEED, which takes many other factors in consideration, Passive House was a much more simple recipe for a very efficient house. In this journal, I will attempt to tell you my experiences as I realize a long held dream of building my own Passive House to live in. A little background: my wife, Jessica and I purchased a property in Greenport, on the North Fork of eastern Long Island, a couple of years ago with the purpose of building…

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Estimating Passive House Construction Costs

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Passive House projects have slightly different materials used in the construction, therefore costs are not always the same as conventional housing projects. In the Greenport Passive House, the air barrier is achieved using Zip Sheathing and Zip tape. Exterior insulation of polyisocyanurate (4″ walls, 6″ roof) and 1″ wood furring is attached to the Zip Sheathing using long structural screws. This is unique to Passive House projects because the insulation used tends to be thicker than on a conventional house. In the end, over 5,000 screws were used to attach furring and insulation to the outside of the vapor barrier sheathing. The screws alone cost over $6,000. Installing insulation over the air barrier. Furring strips attached over the insulation. Over 5,000 screws were used in this project. Installing the cedar shiplap siding Shiplap cedar siding installation shot.

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The Greenport Passive House is on Schedule

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Turett Passive House Siding is Being Installed!

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On site at the Turett Passive House in Greenport, New York, ship lapped cedar siding is beginning to be installed. Bill Winisky, the contractor is doing a great job mitering the corners. 

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The Turett Collaborative on Architizer

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Most designers have an idea of what constitutes a dream bath, whether for themselves or for a client. When it comes to the Duravit Designer Dream Bath Competition, designers who share their vision can win big. For the fourth year, the manufacturer held this growing residential design competition, which recognizes and rewards both completed projects and unbuilt concepts that utilize Duravit products. Wayne Turett and Oliver Valle received an honorable mention for their unbuilt project that makes the bath an integral part of the master suite. Here, the washing and sleeping areas have a symbiotic relationship dedicated to well-being. In order to achieve this, they selected various Duravit fixtures and finishes that evoke a living-room setting. The Stonetto shower tray is inserted to allow the floor to flow seamlessly from dry to wet zone, with just a sheer curtain separating…

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The Turett Collaborative’s Innovative Designs Meet Duravit Aesthetics

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This past week, Duravit announced the winners of their fourth annual Designer Dream Bath Competition including an honorable mention for The Turett Collaborative. The key to this bathroom design by TTC is that it isn’t a bath ‘room’ at all; it’s an integral part of the master suite, the intimate heart of the home. Traditionally, the sleeping area and washing areas are separate, but by combining the two we have exposed a symbiotic relationship. Each is enhanced by the other, together becoming a center of comfort, fully dedicated to well-being, pleasure, and repose. Where the traditional bathroom emphasizes the antiseptic surface and the clinical functionality of each device, ours is closer to a living room of aquatic delights. The tub is where the recline of the bed meets the rejuvenating  experience of the sink and shower, so the Me by…

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