Set within the dense woods and undulating terrain, this weekend retreat draws on the privacy of the surrounding landscape to provide a peaceful escape from the intensity of the city. One side of the house is nestled into the hillside while the opposite facade opens up at the edge of a steep slope to capture the views of the rushing creek 100 feet below.
The design maintains a functional yet modest floor plan that offers an open and spacious home. Sliding glass doors open up to an expansive deck and to the woods beyond, nearly doubling the downstairs living area. Essentially the outdoors becomes your living room.The flexible spatial qualities of the house and the emphasis on it’s natural surroundings make this a perfect place to leave it all behind!
By carving the house into the slope of the hill, the architect minimizes the impact of the mass of the house on the site and takes advantage of the geothermal qualities of the earth. This connection to the land is reinforced not only in it’s architectural form but also in it’s environmental footprint. The house is heated with radiant floor loops which supplement the passive heat gain from large southern facing windows. In addition there is no mechanical cooling, though the house is wired for it. Instead, the organization of the plan and the placement of the operable windows facilitate passive ventilation that draws cool air through the house. The modest interior square footage and a conscious effort to specify energy efficient, high quality heating elements and appliances will help in minimizing future energy consumption. Natural materials such as white oak, marble and lava stone are used throughput the house, adding an innovative luxury to contemporary country living.