Our clients asked for a modern design that would recognize and respect its rural New England setting. The white-painted, wooden gabled forms of the New England farmhouse are here reinterpreted in a crisp, abstracted composition. The glassy, lantern-like entry, with its unusual cantilevered entry roof, creates a prow-shaped canopy and signals the open, expansive space within.
The center of the H-plan is occupied by a high-ceilinged living and dining room and a wall of glass doors opening onto a courtyard terrace. The H-plan insures that all the rooms have multiple exposures for good ventilation, sunlight throughout the day, and views of the bucolic site.
A single floor plan, using an innovative concrete on metal decking floor system, allowed for such universal design elements as flush thresholds, ADA-compliant doors and hardware. This project deserves an award as its simple, modest design reflects a historic setting with a modern sensibility.