AIA Award Winner badge. Modern wooden house with large windows, a separate garage, and surrounding greenery, set near a lake under a blue sky.

Bridge House Chester, NY

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This environmentally sustainable Adirondack residence ties into the surrounding landscape using modern and traditional timber detailing. Locally sourced products and materials, high energy efficient assemblies and windows, solar panels, and zero fossil fuel reliance culminate to create a home nearly off the grid.

The existing site produced several challenges we addressed throughout the design process. A bridge was designed to cross a small drainage culvert that connects the garage with the main residence. During the spring and after rainstorms, a small creek is formed that creates soft white noise throughout the site. The house was oriented solar south, allowing for optimized solar energy efficiency and passive heating.

The exterior design consists of two converging shed roofs. Douglas Fir glulam rafters support energy efficient sip roof panels.  Large operable windows provide ample natural light and passive cooling during the warmer months. Site charred Shou Sugi Ban siding ties together the stained cedar shiplap and the exterior black metal accents. Terraced retaining walls were formed using the granite removed during site excavation.

A large two-story fireplace was designed as a central gathering space during the cold winter months. Private gathering spaces incorporated throughout the open-concept floor plan establish a comfortable blend of relaxation and entertainment. The structural glulam roof rafters, steel beams and columns are left exposed and integrated into the interior design. Custom built-ins, cubbies, and simple material choices kept furniture and interior décor minimal and provided our clients with a quiet, stress-free mountain retreat.

Modern dining room with wooden beams and large windows offering a view of trees and a lake.