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Spence House

Metcalfe Architecture & Design

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Spence House

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2,974 sq. feet

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  • Landscape Architect: Green View Building and Design Company





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Project Description

Builder's Choice and Custom Home Awards Finalist

Site: The richest experiences happen at the edges of environments. This house is situated on a woodland rock outcropping looking out to field, swamp and beyond providing intimate and long distance glimpses of the forest and its animals.

Movement: We created excitement with mundane means-a refreshing daily trip from garage to house, revealing a series of views-intimate garden, to the low ceilinged entry, to dramatic, framed interior and exterior vistas.

Architectural Language: The design celebrates simplicity, avoiding competition with its dramatic site. It references humble local agricultural sheds and their materials- Red Cedar, Fir and standing seam metal roofing.

Color: Its simple white interior uses punches of color to animate its inside layers.

Size: High ceilings and long views create a comfortable small house.

Sustainability: We created a house of naturally rot resistant Red Cedar, a hyper-insulated envelope, sun drenching windows, radiant heated floors, local wide plank Ash flooring, sustainable Ipe decking, environmentally friendly Quartzite counters and no VOC finishes along with a garden of organic vegetables and flowers on raised beds.
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