[1 of 21]View toward "back house, little house" kitchen and dining blocks, and the main block with front entry porch.[2 of 21]The thirty degree curve of the north wall gives the house a dramatic turn and relates it to the site.[3 of 21]A few years after the house was completed, with garden landscaping added.[4 of 21]The east view with screened porch added.[5 of 21]Mitered corner detail with natural cedar siding.[6 of 21]Interior view looking towards the kitchen and dining area at the intersection between the two angles of the house.[7 of 21]The sunny dining nook of the "back house".[8 of 21]A view to the high ceiling of the central wood stove corridor with exposed roof ties.[9 of 21]The wood stove is centrally located on a slate hearth in the living area.[10 of 21]The sititng room with locally sorced hardwood floors and windows placed for daylight and the view.[11 of 21][12 of 21][13 of 21][14 of 21][15 of 21][16 of 21][17 of 21]Balloon frame construction used for strength and economy of materials.[18 of 21]Gable End Wall Framing[19 of 21]Rafter Framing for Hip Roof Over Curved Wall[20 of 21]Kitchen/Dining Block 3d Framing Model[21 of 21]Wall Section
The program for the LIMS Residence called for an energy efficient house on a small footprint. The design pays respect to the "big house, little house, back house" pattern of traditional New England building, with a twist. In order to take advantage of views and solar exposure, the kitchen and dining blocks are skewed thirty degrees with a dramatic curved wall. The house is clad in natural white cedar, and finished inside with locally sourced hard and soft woods, and Vermont slate. Providing three bedrooms and a home office within an area of 1500 sq ft, the house achieved the highest Energy Star rating and served as a prototype for establishing the LEED for Homes model.
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