Western Sky


Larry & Ronnie have a long time love affair with the Berkshires, having rented and owned various houses over the years. When it came time to build, they selected a high plateau site over a steep incline with a sweeping view towards the west. Their program called for a modern home with integrated pool terrace. One of our initial concept sketches was a stair section to link the upper living spaces with the lower pool terrace. Another was a 3-wing plan created for living spaces, guests, and a master suite.

The stair and entry became a central feature with a raised roof to the east and skylight above. It hugs the back of the 2-story hearth from which the stair treads are cantilevered. The main roof is an inverted truss, creating a more intimate central space with the ceiling rising upwards to transom windows at the east and west. The ceiling is clad in douglas fir, extending to the exterior soffits which include deep overhangs to cover the deck and provide a frame for the expansive view. The west-facing wall of doors and windows is also trimmed in fir, with a recessed motorized shade to control the evening sun.

The palette of materials is kept to a minimum – white oak floors, fir trim and cabinets, walnut and stainless kitchen, stone, tile and steel accents. The roofs are standing seam galvalume, sloped low across the living wing, with a raised gable over the guest/garage wing facing south to accommodate solar panels. Energy Star certified.