A 2,370 square foot, 3-bedroom, 3-bath house in coastal Connecticut has multiple personalities.
SHAPE A dead simple shape inherently facilitates energy efficiency that’s enhanced with extreme insulation and zoning of a high-efficiency, fine-tuned variablespeed HVAC system, summer shading/winter gain, and enhanced airflow via a cupola.
SKIN A tapestry of salvaged and plantation-grown solid wood products including reclaimed redwood, red cedar and Alaskan yellow cedar all left to age naturally, stucco appointments and soffits as well as lead-coated copper roofing and flashing to keep coastal weather at bay, all materials specified to minimize maintenance.
CONTEXT Registered tightly to the context of the coastal buildings that surround it, a context where the compass coordinates determine the lotlines, limiting window exposure except at the southerly view side which becomes a doubleheight arcing glass wall that directly enfronts and focuses the view to the coastline.
SURFACE Multiple layers and thicknesses of painted flatstock wood trim set to contrastand frame stucco, stone, metal, glass, and oak.
CONNECTION Double-decked porches use 100-year-old Pau Lope full span structural decking facing the water.
CRAFT The expression of craft is at the heart of the home – light, line, plane, material and space to celebrate the human touch.
STRUCTURE Extreme care was taken to integrate a tight steel frame within the building envelope.
LIGHT A cupola brings backlighting to the center promoting daylighting (and it vents the whole house to mitigate AC use). South glazing has extreme overhang to prevent overheating.
COST Under $500 psf.