Connected to the earth, of the earth, this house balances Yin
and Yang, unabashedly. The interior includes an atrium for the cultivation of
citrus while providing solar heat for the house. The interior and exterior
details delight and extol the virtues of natural wood. High atop the home an
aerie is perched to provide views of the surrounding stream and woods. The only
access to this delightful room comes from a secret spiral staircase hidden
behind a movable bookcase with a hidden latch. This house represents an
enjoyment of the natural characteristics of materials and a fascination with the
spirits in things natural.
A house that belongs
The following 13 images provide views and details of a house wedded to
its location by its careful positioning, material and color selections. Its
"rightness" also results from a play of horizontal and vertical heavy beams and
columns that anchor the building firmly to the land.
The approach to the house emerging from the wood was designed to
present the house dramatically. The house parallels the pond shoreline with
gardens between the house and shore. The owner enjoys views of the pond from the
rooms she employs the most. As architects we are particularly proud of the
natural fit of the house to its setting.
The open carport deliberately maintains the timbered look while
providing the typical conveniences of automobile shelter and covered passage for
Guests park at the service side of the house, enter under a
covered porch and enjoy a view of the garden and pond just beyond the front
A Play of Woods
The majority of the owner's finest antique furniture is in use
in the music room located just to the right of the entry. The warmth of the
lighter wood provides a background for the dark antiques. The fir and maple used
throughout the house reflects light admitted through the many windows.
"A room of one's own"
The owner's most precious and private aerie is reached from a
concealed stair. The "room at the top" enjoys a 360-degree view of wetland and
woods, barn and pond and the prize goat pen. Here the owner can nap, meditate,
write or spin as the muse dictates.
Bringing the outdoors in
The atrium tucked between the music room and kitchen is used for
vegetable starts and ornamental tropical fruit trees. The stone floor retains
solar heat for later use in the house. DePape Associates' energy code analysis
based on actual window, door and skylight performance maximizes allowable
glazing available to a homeowner. We put our experience in fine home building to
use in designing with light to create the desired architectural effects while
serving the tasks of home life, particularly for people who work out of their
Today's Victorian kitchen
The owner's antique furniture forms the basis of the kitchen
cabinetry. A blend of antique and new cabinetry and state of the art appliances
make this the ideal place for entertaining as well as experimenting with
homegrown products from the owner's gardens.
Soaking in the view
A traditional claw-foot tub provides a comfortable place for soaking,
and a panoramic view over a rooftop into the woods beyond.
The craftsman details consistently employed throughout the house,
particularly at the entry, emphasize the owner's love of fine furniture. The
entry features an antique carved front door salvaged from another house.
Just beyond the entry an outdoor porch adjoins the music room. Now
covered with evergreen clematis the trellis provides support to the vines that
shade the house in summer and provide a comfortable place to enjoy viewing the
A pattern of trellis, open and closed bays filter sunlight on the view
side of the house where the formal as well as informal social spaces are
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