This lakefront residence is oriented due south, both to harvest solar energy and to enjoy the long views down Shelburne Bay. The engineered active solar system warms the living spaces and heats the majority of the domestic hot water consumed. The glazing of the south facing, two story facade adds appropriate passive gains throughout the heating season.
A bold naval theme inspires the building form, while a carefully crafted thermal envelope contributes to modest use of purchased fuel.
The interiors are strictly modern compositions in finish, furnishings, fixtures, appliances and lighting. Conceived as a three bedroom home, the plan includes a game room, media room, sauna, south facing patio and upper sitting deck.
The conditions of the narrow, south facing lot demanded a careful positioning of all rooms, particularly sleeping areas, so that privacy and views were maintained. Extensive CAD virtual modeling in real time was done with the clients participating. This collaboration worked well and became especially useful in fine tuning the proportions, colors and textures.
The stone, clapboards, and deep colors used in the architecture compliment the homes on either side. The roof is low pitched and the garage doors are offset to reduce the visual impact from the street.
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