Many of us carry fond childhood memories with us, and for our clients, those memories look like time spent on the lake at summer camp. Tasked with creating a home that captures that essence, we designed a timeless space that blends into the forested landscape and harnesses the spirit of camp.
We built this open floor plan home almost entirely out of Douglas fir wood, complete with white pine floors sourced from trees on the lot. In keeping with the owners’ love for the outdoors, the house was built right into the site, designed so that some of the ancient pine trees could remain on the property.
With a focus on first-floor living, the first-floor master suite, kitchen, and dining area all open out onto an extensive wraparound porch. The living room’s cathedral ceiling features high windows to allow natural light to flood in, and off the kitchen, we added a second screened porch to serve as an outdoor kitchen area. Rhododendron-branch balusters lead you to the second floor which contains two guest bedrooms and a shared bath on one side, with two offices and a workout area on the other. Overlooking the living room, we designed a loft area around the vintage baby grand piano that anchors the space.
The other buildings on the property include a guest suite on top of a detached oversized two-car garage and a repurposed cottage that houses another guest suite on the first floor plus a bunk room above—all designed using repurposed windows from the Habitat for Humanity Restore. These structures were designed to have a high-performing exterior shell, supported by the use of low-emissivity windows, spray foam insulation, and a geothermal HVAC system. No drywall was used in any aspect of this project.
We were very proud to be able to establish forever roots for this family in the Great Pond area through the completion of this beautiful, multigenerational space.