2009 Idea House

This remarkable post and beam home was owner-built in 1961 with classic mid-century influence. Our primary challenge as the second owner-builder was how to renovate and upgrade materials and systems while retaining the integrity of the architecture, unique features and landscape.

Walls were moved to resolve poor circulation and removed to create an open-plan. An on-demand water heater, high-pressure HVAC and smart lighting system were installed. The hand-split cedar siding was retained and splintered basalt was salvaged completing the exterior. The metal roof is backed with recycled Styrofoam adding insulation. The backyard was cleared of blackberries, revealing a hill, atop which a fire-pit now sits. A Koi pond and spa nestle into its base alongside an Ipe deck overlooking the forest. Existing trees and bushes were protected or relocated and native plants complete the lush landscape. The Weather Station irrigation system automatically adjusts based on precipitation. Only native plants were selected, which over time will establish themselves and require less water.

Bristol’s cabinetry, furniture and mill work are always fabricated locally in our shop. Non-gassing products are made especially for our cabinetry- no particle board. Considered a tear down, many builders thought to rezone the 3-acres and build 12 spec homes. By renovating, we kept it out of landfills and protected the heavily forested landscape and surrounding wetlands. Integrated modern materials and systems will proudly carry this home through the decades. Altogether, this created a spectacular landscape and an exquisite remodel which retains the integrity of the mid-century architecture from which it was originally designed and built.

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2009 425 Magazine’s Idea House