LAKE CHAMPLAIN HOUSE
A primary challenge for this project was a constricted site bounded on the lake side by high cliff faces, setbacks and a restricted tree clearing ordinance. Creating comfortable interior and exterior spaces taking advantage of the view corridors and maintaining privacy between other adjacent houses were project goals. Establishing a sense of separation between the house and garage within the narrow front yard of the property required careful composition. Maximizing the homeowner’s program within a small footprint called for efficient layout and utilization of house footprint.
This home is located on a bluff with wonderful views overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in the distance. The design focus throughout was to engage the exterior and bring the outside in. On the interior is an open plan great room with large banks of windows facing south to maximize solar gain in the winter months and west to take advantage of the sweeping views of the lake. The only break in this line of windows is the granite fireplace which serves as an inviting and grounding element to the transparent window wall. The upper level master suite is self-contained with 270-degree views. Maple wood floors and trim accents are contrasted by natural slate floors and a color palette which is drawn from the adjacent lake and sky panorama.