• Work around existing oak trees
• Private, comfortable outdoor living, play space and gardens
• Net-zero energy with minimum carbon input
• Good building envelope and passive solar design
• Celebrate site drainage
The clients, Bill and Chris
McCartney wanted a home
to accommodate the
retirement needs for
themselves and have a large
enough home to welcome
and entertain their grown
children and their families
who visit often. Bill is quite
a cook, so the entire house
springs from an active
kitchen. They wanted to live
as close to net zero energy as
possible and source their
water 100% from rainfall.
They enjoy outdoor living,
so ample screened porches
were a must. They have built
a large garden where they
will be harvesting a high
percentage of their own
food. They run a few cattle
on their 98 acres and plan to
install beehives as well.
Their overriding goal is to
be self-sufficient and
Major project goals included creating a freestanding spa bath house that was (1) distinctively designed, (2) made from sustainable materials, (3) ecologically conscious, and (4) built in collaboration with local craftspeople.
Working from NMA's designs, woodworker Chuck Bayliss fashioned the millwork. General contractor Ben Cook and a local team produced the stonework and carpentry details, which are unique to the project. NMA also designed the space’s decorative lights, custom stone spa tub, outdoor shower, and removable exterior screens made from sustainably grown cedar.
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-As sustainable as possible
-Build mostly with reclaimed wood, little, if any, sheetrock.
-Radiant floor heat
-Function over aesthetics
-Built to last 200+ years
-Use local craftspeople and subcontractors
-Siting: house should fit into the land and have a view of the farm
-Main living area on one level and handicapped accessible
-Plenty of access to outdoors
-A "gathering" kitchen–a social place
-A "welcoming" home–room to entertain and have lots of guests
-An "inviting" entrance
-Space for favorite furniture
-Big view porch–with room for 20+ people to gather.
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