HHL Architects was retained to design a rural retreat in Boston, NY to act as a second home for the client. The project is located on a remote hillside overlooking agricultural fields on one side and a creek on the other. The site selection was driven by the owner’s desire to create a harmonious relationship between the built and natural environment.
To address the hillside construction, the home was recessed in the hill on one side creating opportunities for access to outdoor spaces and at grade views at two levels. Additionally, two outside decks were added to enlarge the footprint of the first floor while creating more indoor/outdoor space. The house consists of two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a loft study and an open first floor plan for the kitchen and living spaces. The project materials consist of metal roofing, metal siding, cedar siding, Douglas Fir structure and decking, bamboo floors and fiberglass clad windows. The residence is heated by a combination of radiant floors and forced air which also provides cooling to the home.