The Sungazer house rises from the edge of the forest to overlook a picturesque pond to the west. The client, a nature lover and accomplished equestrian, desired a house built on this gentle slope to welcome the sun and celebrate the views of the pond.
The three connected one-story shed-roof pavilions reach out to the south, while stepping back to open up views to the west. A fourth similar pavilion encloses a connected garage to the north. Beneath the garage, a walkout north-facing studio takes advantage of a change in grade.
Wide-overhangs shade the south-facing windows in summer months. A pergola helps modulate natural light while providing a continuous display of changing shadow patterns. A deck on the south and west anchors the house and pergola to its gently rolling site.
On the north, the entry side provides a protective front to shield from harsh winter winds. However, upon entering, the house opens to expansive views of northern hardwoods and eastern white pines. Carefully placed windows tap the prevailing breezes to reduce the need for air conditioning.
The palatte of materials reflect a hardy New England aesthetic, including eastern white cedar siding, painted white trim, and standing seam galvalume roofing. The off-the-shelf readily available construction materials help minimize the carbon footprint and cost. This house far exceeds the minimum requirement for Energy Star Verson 3 Certification with an efficient building envelope, geothermal in-floor hydronic heat, and thoughtful solar orientation.