Rick first came to the Berkshires for summer camp, and as a hobby he makes Arts & Crafts furniture. His program called for an intimate lodge/retreat built of materials & details in tune with the land and his sensibilty. The site is a forested mountain plateau with a central meadow. The enclosed nature of the meadow captured our imaginations as a starting point.
The angled wings of the main house and garage/workshop create a sheltered courtyard facing southeast towards the clearing. Native fieldstone piers, boulders, and path stones anchor the bluestone loggia, terrace and screened porch to the land. Glass slag, found locally as a byproduct from historical iron forges, is set into the stone piers for its color and reflectivity.
The traditional 2-story main gable structure contains the living spaces and 2nd floor bedrooms. The living spaces are modestly-scaled, and richly detailed with built-ins of various wood species: cherry kitchen cabinets & closets, a walnut & fieldstone hearth/media unit, maple window seats & entry closet, and pecan bathroom vanities.
Large expanses of glass connect the interior to the landscape. The master bedroom and guest suites are attached at the ends of the main house, as if accured there over time. A loggia connects the foyer to the garage/workshop, separating the parking area from the courtyard. The laminated pine beams and spruce ceilings of the loggia & screened porch continue indoors into the foyer, living, and dining areas. The screend porch frames one side of the courtyard terrace, and is entered via a short hall off the Master bedroom.
The flow of space throughout is defined by the subtle collision of angled geometries creating informal, individual living spaces oriented to particular views of the landscape. Energy Star certified.