Located in a natural clearing on a wooded hillside of northwestern CT, this watering hole serves as an escape from the hecticness of urban life – a place to relax and unwind. A single 16 x 52 module contains a sleeping zone at one end and a kitchen / living zone on the other. Between them, a black-steel-clad core volume houses the bathroom, steam shower, laundry, storage, and fireplace. While this central volume does not touch any exterior walls, it is filled with natural light from a skylight above and through frosted glass pocket doors.
The interior space is passively cooled. In warmer months, the pool provides evaporative cooling. As breezes blow over the pool, water evaporates and cools the air. When the wall of sliding glass doors is opened, this cool air can move through the interior and out the operable Clerestory windows on the opposite side, for cross ventilation with the help of ceiling fans.
The roof is designed to accommodate panels for solar hot water to heat not only the pool, but also the supplemental radiant heating system beneath the bamboo flooring, which is used on very cold days when the heat-generating fireplace is not enough to heat the interior space.
Exceeding LEED standards, the high-performance building envelope uses a flash-and-batt insulation system – this factory-friend detail combines spray- foam insulation with fiberglass batt insulation. With a tight building envelope, heat loss and gain is minimized to help maintain a comfortable interior temperature, reducing heating and cooling loads.
Material Used :
1. Carslile Syntec Sure-Seal Fully Adhered 60 Mil. Reinforced EPDM Roofing System
2. Cembonit Cement Board Panels in Dark Gray E20 by Eastern Architectural Panels
3. Andersen 400 Series Windows, Terratone Vinyl-Cladding on Exterior
4. 4“ Prefinished Flooring Strandwoven Dark by Sustainable Flooring
5. Caesarstone Countertop in Raven 4120
6. Merillat Masterpiece Series Prefabricated Cabinets
7. Wittus Optifire 764 Flat Front High-Efficiency Fireplace
8. Kohler Bath Fixtures - Purist Shower Controls, Stillness Bath Faucets, Kathryn Sink
9. Duravit Starck 3 Wall Hung Toilet
10. Modern Fan Company Cirrus Hugger Ceiling Fan