It is beautiful fall day, 75 degrees, sunny and a gentle breeze is tossing around leaves. I want to be outside! I want to be on vacation!
This retreat home is a second home built by the client to be shared with friends and family. It is has three distinct areas. A guest area which is to the left in the picture includes a , sitting room, bedroom, bath and loft. The space to the right is the cooking, dining and gathering. The “dog trot” exterior but covered space separates the guest rooms from the shared gathering room. The exterior space continues through the retreat forming a prow which is a dramatic overlook as the ground slopes steeply away. Below the guest and cooking/dining space is the owner’s private space which includes their master suite and art studio space. As the property slopes, the first floor walkouts through french doors.
This unique second home was built with many reclaimed items including windows, doors and cabinets. The foundation is built with insulated concrete forms. The first floor slab on grade is a radiantly heated slab. The tree shade the home and the plentiful windows provides great cross ventilation creating the feel of a large screened porch. The beautiful five acre site is slopes to a creek. The thick woods provide privacy. The exact retreat location and access to build it were carefully planned to remove as few trees as possible. The trees that were cut heat the house during the winter.
As an architect, it is always rewarding to be invited to stay a few nights in a house I designed. I was fortunate to have my entire family including my dad stay for a few fall days. A state park just a mile away provides trout fishing in stocked streams to everyone’s delight. The combination of sleeping in a space I designed plus dining on freshly caught grilled trout while enjoying the perfect fall weather is an unbeatable experince!