Gables and layered shed roof forms enliven a relatively compact building volume. Traditional New England shingle siding and double hung windows blend with Arts & Crafts style elements such as the deep roof overhangs.
Construction—Living room corner
Living room fireplace view
Stair hall view
Stone wall along drive
Deck railing detail with lamp
The clients’ building lot was mostly lightly wooded slopes bordering a meadow previously cleared for the septic system of a house that was never built. An outcrop of ledge at one side of the meadow dropped into a ravine that opened out at the lower side of the site onto an antique cart path and stone boundary wall. Hillside House was sited at the edge of the meadow, adjacent to the ravine. Ledge stone that was removed for the construction was used to create landscape walls of large rocks preserving the lower part of the ravine and supporting a circular drive hugging the shoulder of the slope.
Gables and layered shed roof forms enliven the relatively compact building volume, and work along with the slope of the site to allow the entry façade to present a modest 2-storey appearance. The 3 storey façade on the opposite side of the house offers plenty of exterior wall area for natural lighting, including a light-filled corner with direct outdoor access for a basement office space.
Traditional New England shingle siding and double hung windows blend with Arts & Crafts style elements such as the deep roof overhangs with cedar roof support brackets made by the homeowners themselves.
Arts& Crafts style details appear throughout the interior from finishes such as art tile and light fixtures, to wainscoting and flat panel doors.
The kitchen opens to a covered porch that overlooks the backyard and meadow. The tall casement windows at the sink area reaching down to the countertop, the adjacent French door, and skylights in the porch roof allow ample daylight light into kitchen. Traditional cabinetry is set off by granite countertops, glass tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. The glass backsplash tiles appear again as an inset detail on the newel posts of the nearby stair.
There are many built-in bookcases and cabinets throughout the house, from mud room to Living room. A wood mantle and cabinets give the Living room fireplace a traditional look with convenience of a gas insert that can provide plenty of heat when wanted.