Rick has fond memories of Berkshires from his time spent here as a youth in summer camp. As a hobby he enjoys making arts & crafts furniture. His program called for an intimate lodge/retreat built of materials & details in tune with the land and his sensibility. The site is a forested mountain plateau with an existing central meadow that captured our imagination as a starting point.
The angled wings of the main house and garage/workshop create a sheltered courtyard facing southeast towards the clearing. A traditional 2-story main gable structure contains the living spaces and 2nd floor bedrooms. The master bedroom and guest suites are attached at both ends of the main house, as if accrued there over time. A loggia connects the foyer to the garage/workshop, separating the parking area from the courtyard. 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 historic iron forges, is set into the stone piers for its color and reflectivity. The laminated pine beams and spruce ceilings of the loggia & screened porch continue indoors into the foyer, living, and dining areas.
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, pecan bathroom vanities. Large expanses of glass connect the interior to the landscape. The screened 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.