This gallery features the Far Pond home, a complete reconstruction by Bates Masi Architects.
The parameters set forth by the client were to keep the existing structure of a 1970’s kit house while doubling the size. The existing structure consists of glulam post and beam construction connected with steel plates.
The designers approached this project with a novel take on sustainability, minimizing waste by limiting the construction to essential components. This process eliminated much of the typical construction waste.
Prefabricated shear wall panels, used in hurricane prone locales, were taken into consideration. In this instance, the panels are not only used for structural integrity, but exposed for their unique aesthetic value. The panels shore up the house for structural shear and bearing, while acting as a decorative element.
The panels multitask wherever possible in the home. The solid parts transition to perforated panels that diffuse sunlight over windows and doors. Laser cut protrusions were crafted to accommodate shelving, seating, and countertops.
The same perforated steel forms the dining room chandelier and the stairway platform. This simple, bold element features in multiple permutations throughout, aiding the sustainability factor with a minimum of material waste.
This home is one of the best examples of the alchemy of thoughtful design and sustainability we’ve yet experienced.
The rear of the home features an extensive lower patio on raised natural wood, allowing for sheltered seating beneath the balcony and a full dining area. Floor to ceiling glass on the upper level, with multiple sliding doors, allows for natural light and air to fill the home.
This angled view of the balcony highlights the natural wood flooring throughout both patio levels, the unique twin teardrop chairs below, and exposed beams over folding chairs above.
The home as seen approaching from the front. Stone path leads toward grand warm toned staircase between dividing walls of grey wood. The entire structure is minimal and angular, a flat presence hiding the complexity and ingenuity from this angle.
The major open space forming the body of the interior includes this sunlit dining area, with overhead metal lighting rack hung above lengthy wood dining table. Sliding glass doors all around are framed with large natural wood beams in the exterior structure.
The main open body includes living room space, defined by large blue rug over the expanse of natural wood flooring throughout. Twin grey sofas face off over oval coffee table, with treated tree trunk pieces flanking each end.
This more intimate seating area utilizes three of the treated trunk pieces as a loosely defined “coffee table” between twin cubic wood chairs. White counter and cupboard structure is built into right wall, contrasting with monolithic black fireplace surround at center.
The kitchen space features this striking white slab of “floating” countertop attached to black metal wall, with built-in range.
Master bedroom features large natural wood book case standing at foot of the bed over more of the natural hardwood flooring. Large black wardrobe stands at right, with another sliding glass patio door on left.
Bathroom features minimalist, modern arched wood vanity with rectangular black vessel sink. Large exposed beam runs through above vertical window slat emerging from floor level.
White pedestal tub sits next to perforated metal exterior wall shade in master bath, fearing glass door walk-in shower and another “floating” white slab countertop.
This lower level office space features unique natural wood desktop extending from stair structure, suspended via cables attached to central exposed beam.
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