Set upon 8 acres of scenic orchards and farmland along the Merrimack River, this 4,500 sf single family home utilizes traditional New England motifs while establishing the feel of a sprawling estate.
The most distinctive feature of the design is the roofline. Like the rolling hills of the site, the roof cascades down from the central ridge of the house and over the individual spaces below, unifying the overall design.
The main level of the home is intended as a place for entertaining. A central skylit Foyer, flanked on either side by a Library and formal Dining Room, greets visitors to the house. The Foyer leads directly to the Great Room, with its grand two-story fireplace, large windows, cathedral ceilings, and media center. A generous Kitchen with custom cherry cabinets and granite counters overlooks the Great Room. A Dinette near the Kitchen and a separate Guest Suite complete the living areas of the first floor.
An oversized two-car Garage is connected to the house by way of a glass Foyer. The Garage is “cranked” askew from the main house to take advantage of site topography, and to allow the main façade of the house to dominate the view from the main road. A grand stair from the Great Room to the second floor leads to a central “bridge,” which affords a overlook to the Great Room below and connects to the Master Bedroom Suite and three additional bedrooms.
Location: West Newbury, MA, US
My Role: Architect