by Rick Reynolds
This energy-efficient lakeside home is designed for an extended family which has been vacationing in New England for generations. The home combines the rustic charm of a New Hampshire cottage with cutting-edge building technology and sustainability.
At around 3100 sf, the design requirements were to blend in with the existing Lake House vernacular of the neighborhood and the heavily wooded lot, frame views of the surroundings from inside the house, and fit into the lakeside cottage community in scale, proportion and style. Nestled into trees (carefully preserved during construction), the wood shingle home has a roomy screened-in porch and built-in BBQ—a lake retreat must. The colors and textures of materials reflect the laid-back community and surroundings.
The home’s vaulted timber frame and prominent stone fireplace lend a rustic lodge feel, yet remains intimate and cozy. The building has an advanced thermal envelope using prefabricated structural panels, sealed with gasket and tape technology for superior air-tightness, moisture control and indoor air quality.
A folding glass wall opens the main living areas to the screened in porch, with lake views and an outdoor gas fireplace and cooking/dining area. One of the three, second-floor bedrooms is a spacious bunkroom accommodating eight+—all are open to the living/dining area below via a shuttered gallery, retaining the theme of an open gathering space. The kitchen, dining, alcove seating area and great room all have views of the gas-burning, fieldstone fireplace.
- Sustainable Building Features:
Programmable bath fans.
Multi-zone radiant heating.
High-efficiency Low E windows.
Eco-friendly dense-pack cellulose insulation providing R-Values of 35 in the walls and R-44 in the roof.
No mechanical air conditioning—ceiling fans, window placement and stack effect design provide natural cooling.
A timber frame home constructed of sustainably harvested timbers salvaged from fire or insect-damaged forests.