Apex at Civita: Responding to the Challenges of High Density

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Project Team

Architect: Woodley Architectural Group
Builder: Ryland Homes
Interior Designer: Rooms Interiors
Developer: Sudberry Properties
Interior Merchandiser: Rooms Interiors

Today’s land values require fresh ideas to address buyers desiring single family homes coupled with a limited supply of land. Furthering the challenge of creating a dynamic, detached product, this site demanded a density of 14.8 dwelling units per acre, including driveways and rear yards, while providing over 2,000 square feet of indoor living space.

Part of a neighborhood of homes that interlock with side and rear zero walls, the homes in Apex at Civita home are framed by private outdoor space. Site constraints required the utilization of side and rear zero walls to create privacy and maximize yard space. Constrained by a 30-foot height limit, the homes still manages to offer three floors of living, with a flex space on the lower level, providing a private bedroom suite, office, media room, or workout space. The open floor plan has surprising volume which is atypical of this product type and its square footage. To the front, an outdoor living space extends the interior living area, stacking over the parking below. Multiple options to allow the plans to flex to a variety of life styles and all models have a modern, yet contextual elevation.

Outwardly, the Plan One’s exterior reflects the regional architecture of San Diego. The home’s aesthetic, inspired by Irving Gill’s brand of Modern Spanish, offers a fresh take on California’s native architectural character.

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Responding to the changing tastes, Plan Three features a modern exterior which incorporates a variety of materials that are artfully composed to articulate the facade. This look adds to the eclectic nature of the neighborhood while reinforcing a single-family feel to the street. While this home showcases the unique challenges of high-density detached product in an ever-changing marketplace, it also illustrates the compelling nature of innovative design solutions.

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Plan Four’s exterior, a Spanish inspired aesthetic, provides context while careful detailing and a lower roof element provide scale. The traditional Spanish facade is updated through the implementation of a flat roof. Overall, the contextually-inspired Spanish vernacular further contributes to the eclectic nature of the single-family community’s street scape.

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