A few years ago I was running a software company here in Oregon and I decided I wanted to take on my life long dream of building a home for my family. I spent about a year before selling the company...
• 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
To design a modern house that is in-scale and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood houses
To provide privacy and outdoor living spaces on a small city lot.
To provide abundant natural light to interior spaces.
To provide indoor/outdoor spaces where practical.
Use of low maintenance, durable materials.
Davis Prairie is a home designed for the long dry heat of central California. Located in one of the flattest parts of the state, surrounded by farmland, this Prairie-style adaptation comfortably fits...
The goal of this project was to create a sustainable home that went well beyond the finishes. We wanted the house; to embody the principles of green design in both the Form and the Function, to have...
Our clients, former gallery owners and serious art collectors, wanted to build a small studio and an energy-efficient house in the country that would also function as their private gallery. The house...
A wooded bluff above the Cousins River estuary is the location for a high performance home in southern Maine. Sited in a clearing, to take advantage of solar gain, the south facing windows illuminate...
(see Charlotte's 'What I would like my house to be" for full listing)
-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.
- strong sense of privacy and security
- openness toward the outdoors and Puget Sound
- views of both the Olympics and the Sound
- environmentally friendly & nontoxic materials
- efficient and clever use of space including hidden elements for greater privacy
Squibnocket Compound is located on 215 acres of private, ocean-facing farmland. Within the farm itself are ancient dry set stone walls and rolling terrain with distant views to the rocky beaches and...
Located in the Edgartown Historic District, Cottage Street was designed for Ian Murray, co-founder of Vineyard Vines. The property consist of a large program on a modest site including the main home...
The program called for a new family home twenty minutes outside of Boston in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Inspired by the five plus acres of nicely landscaped property with exceptional views overlooking...
"Serenity" was the word used by the client, a busy professional couple, to describe the ambiance desired for a new vacation home overlooking Pleasant Lake. The visual metaphor of an old barn was used...
Built on a gentle slope on the Westport River, less than a mile from the coast in southeastern Massachusetts, is an unabashedly modern glass house designed for a well-known general contractor and his...