this modest 2,400 SF house has a wonderful sense of openness. The back of the house
literally disappears, bringing the feeling of the outdoors into the central living space.
The bedrooms, playroom loft, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and closets are tightly organized
on the three levels of the 24 x 26 core house. The bathrooms and laundry are grouped on the front
of the house with small windows for privacy. The bedrooms are on the back, with large windows
looking out to the woods. The living, dining, and music areas are more loosely organized in one large,
open space that flows directly to cedar decks on the front and back, creating a strong relationship
between the inside and outside. Outdoor garden spaces, their edges defined by pine trees, wild blueberry
bushes, and beech trees become natural extensions of the interior living spaces.
The owner s love of wood is expressed throughout the house. A wide variety of woods were used,
both in the structure and finish details of the house. Natural clear finishes are combined with
unusual stained finishes. Structural members are exposed where appropriate and pine columns
are used as end caps for partitions. The simple structure combined with simple detailing
allowed the house to be built for under $100 per square foot.
Structural: Structural Design Consulting, Inc.
Landscape: Scott Simons
Contractor: Mark M. Dorsey, Inc.
1999 MAIA Award for Excellence in Architecture