Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill

RBL Architects
Newton, United States
Project Year
Private Houses
Shelly Harrison Photography
Product Spec Sheet

SidingJames Hardie
Door hardwareEmtek
Folding Exterior DoorsLaCantina Doors
ManufacturersMarvin Windows and Doors
Engineered Wood FloorMirage
Kitchen CabinetsPoggonpohl

Product Spec Sheet
Door hardware
by Emtek
Folding Exterior Doors
Engineered Wood Floor
by Mirage
Kitchen Cabinets

Chestnut Hill

RBL Architects as Architects

The owners were downsizing from a large, traditional, ornate property down the street and were seeking a number of goals. Single story living, modern and open floor plan, comfortable working kitchen, spaces to house their collection of artwork, low maintenance and a strong connection between the interior and the landscape. Working with a long narrow lot adjacent to conservation land, the main living space (16 foot ceiling height at its peak) opens with folding glass doors to a large screen porch that looks out on a courtyard and the adjacent wooded landscape. This gives the home the perception that it is on a much larger lot and provides a great deal of privacy. The transition with the curved stair from the entry to the core of the home provides a natural gallery in which to display artwork and sculpture. Artificial light almost never needs to be used during daytime hours and the substantial peaked roof over the main living space is oriented to allow for solar panels not visible from the street or yard.

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