Architecture for an Open But Cozy House – Fine Homebuilding

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Written By Jim J Neal


This house is both intimate and spacious and can be used as a home for young professionals in the design industry. It was built in a green, lush clearing with trees. This two-story, black-sculptural structure is both open and discrete. It suits the couple’s passion for entertaining, while remaining small in footprint.
Guests are welcomed to the first floor through an open entranceway. This opens into a series of communal spaces that flow into small pockets. The sunken living area offers separation from the kitchen and dining room by a simple step. This space appears to hover above the foundation of the home from the outside. This effect was possible due to the steep slope of the land that used to be a tree farm, which was uncleared at the time they designed the home.
The upstairs bedrooms, bathroom and office space provide privacy and comfort to the homeowners. The balance of openness and privacy was carefully achieved, with the intent to keep spaces connected and organized. The house is equally comfortable for relaxing and entertaining.
Architect Woodhull, woodhullmaine.com Builder R.P. Morrison Builders, rpmorrisonbuilders.com Location New Gloucester, Maine Photos Trent Bell

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