A tribute to sensitive collaboration and execution, the homeowner’s consistent, persistent vision enabled a minimalist design highlighted in black. The simple layout flows seamlessly from one space to another, inside to outside, through the dogtrot to an open studio at the quiet end of the house. A muted color palette expands the calm interior from one end to the other, with the landscape framed by carefully-placed expanses of glass.
Simple roof massing and a central room cluster help control costs by shortening the majority of mechanical system connections. Green construction features include an R53 roof, local materials and craftspeople, whole house ventilation, and less than 1 air change per hour.
type: single family home
location: sunderland, ma
Having no background in architecture, I had no real sense of how the interior volume would translate from paper to reality. I would never have thought to design the dining and living room with soffits, but they are integral to the space, and unify the rooms with the rest of the house. Timberly also recommended leaving the walls raw plaster. They are beautiful, and again, I would not have been aware that we could use it for this application. Additionally, right from the first meeting energy efficiency was recognized as a major goal for this project, and that came from Austin [Design] as much as myself.
—Sarah Todd, Owner