Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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these broken-down building forms to shape those spaces." Pi continues, "The most compact aspect of the house is from the road. Isn't until you walk around to the back of the house that you get how big a house it is. We were all very conscious of how it appeared. We worked hard at breaking the house into smaller forms." Carving the foundation for the 5,400-square-foot house was no easy task either. In Vermont, it often takes a fair amount of blasting to clear the way. ("There's a reason people moved west!" Pi jokes.) But the architects left most of the rocky landscape intact, includ- ing that ledge that serves as a natural boundary between the curated outdoor areas and the meadow's edge. The owners wanted the minimum amount of lawn to please family and guests; beyond that, the grasses are left wild, with periodic bush hogging and a rough-cut path here and there. A powered cover for the pool allows the owners to secure it when they leave, and it eliminates the need for a fence that might block the vista of the meadow. "Around here there are a lot of places with views, but this client wanted rolling meadows," says Ira. Eventually, the weekend house will become a full-time retirement home, so energy efficiency and build quality were a long-term concern and worthy application of investment. The owner has installed ground-mounted photovol- taics as a hedge for the future and has an outlet for an electric car in the garage. Those low-maintenance exterior materials were also deemed more durable than the usual complement of natural woods found on New England CASE STUDY Above: Mahogany screens shield private areas while allowing air and light to pass through. Precise attention to detail and transitions between materials give the farmhouse its modern edge. 44 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2017

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