New Project Alert – Snapback – The Adjustable House


It’s that time again. New project announcement time. If you follow us closely or live in East Kensington, you may be familiar with this project already, but we’ve been pretty quiet about it to date.

The Snapback Project is two new homes design by Interface Studio Architects at 2068-70 E York St in the East Kensington neighborhood just off of the Frankford Ave, York St and Trenton Ave mega intersection. We’ve been working with ISA and even some of our own Postgreen Homes family on the design of these units and we’re pretty stoked about them.

We have a couple of firsts for us here. The first is an exterior material that we will be talking a lot more about here. It’s a burnt cedar cladding derived from an ancient Japanese technique for preserving wood from weather, insects and fire. The second is the layout of the house itself. And lastly, this is the first project named by Nic Darling after a classic head accessory. A name referencing the extreme adjustability of the house.


The house is very similar to our first couple of homes that were two stories only with a slab on grade foundation. We’ve added a basement to our classic Loft Model, but not just any ordinary basement. The basement is raised out of the ground by about 5′ above the sidewalk level. This allows us to create a more accessible basement level, bring more natural light into it and even provide a walk out exit to the rear yard.

The front entrance enters onto a landing that is located between the basement level and first floor. You can walk up a few steps to the elevated living area or down a few steps to your basement. We’ve added extensive basement finishing options to this project to go along with the unique plan. You’ll have to customize a home in order to see more details on those options until we can find the time to post on them in more detail here. Let’s just say there are a lot more options in this basement than the typical new construction house.

Onto the floorplans.

Snapback Floorplans

Basement Level
Snapback Basement Plan
First Floor Living Area
Snapback First Floor Plan
Second Floor Bedroom Level
Snapback Second Floor Plan
Rooftop Deck
Snapback Roof Deck Plan

Thanks for taking a look at this new project. Look for more posts on this one soon and in the meantime, follow the live action daily via FB or Twitter.


  1. Ian Watson says:

    Love the burnt cedar! A recent-ish Dwell magazine featured a few projects that used it and it looks gorgeous.

    I’m not a huuuuuuge fan of the split entry. There’s a very common house model here in Canada that features it, so I’ve had my fair share of experience with them. They make the entry VERY crowded, especially if you have more than one person trying to take off shoes and coats at a time. They also eliminate any chance of at least the main floor of the house being barrier-free. That being said, I can understand the allure of having light into the basement and the opportunity for a rear basement entry.

  2. Andrew MacBride says:

    Burnt Cedar brought to mind one of my favorite architectural terms, Graceful Decrepitude, the ability of a material to age gracefully, maintaining its appearance as it ages.

    Nicely done.

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