Additions to an existing roadside house redirect the focus of the primary living spaces to enjoy privacy and views of a stunning rural landscape. A diaphanous gallery connector overlays the existing structure, bridging the old and new areas. A long terrace off the length of the gallery is punctuated by a shade trellis at its north end. The new entry is positioned at the home's midpoint with a frosted glass door and adjacent clerestory windows for privacy from the road.
Additions to the house were designed to make places in and gently connect to the landscape, responding to the Owners' program and modernist preferences. The curved roof of the new living room addition converses with the undulating hillsides, while long lean massing maintains a low profile, deferring to the flow of the land. The structures are shaped and positioned to capture a soft-edged exterior space, appreciated year-round through large glazed areas.
Use of local fieldstone, natural cedar siding, dark metal clad windows and gray metal roofing provide an understated, harmonious materiality sympathetic to the site, requiring minimal maintenance.
Cherry flooring is used for the main living space, with gray stone tile in the new entry and gallery leading to the refinished wide board pine floors in the existing areas. The living room fireplace is faced with a brushed zinc panel system, with adjacent walls along the roadside elevation accommodating firewood on one side and concealing a basement access stair on the other beneath clerestory windows. Solar shades are built in and a sliding panel in the living room conceals the television and AV components. Bright color accents complete the panoramic landscape and glow in the afternoon sun.
Detailing is minimal and intended as a counterpoint to the richness of the natural landscape.