This new home built in a paradisiacal landscape is the fruit of many years of collaboration between a studio directed by architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and the owners. The relationship dates back to the 1970s, when the goal was to build a family farm house in Waverly, Pennsylvania. After enjoying that first construction for many years, its residents decided that it was Ideal time to turn around to give life to a new home, more modern and well suited to the current contextWith the challenge of making life easier for a person with Alzheimer’s.
One of the requirements that the clients moved into the studio was the need to maintain the luster of the previous home, as well as the incredible views, which allowed Connect indoors and outdoors with virtually no interference, The second was that the entire house was developed on a single level to facilitate mobility inside. The response to these requests is light path,
With regard to the exterior, it is a house that embraces and is embraced by nature. This was achieved with the installation of huge windows, A 28-metre-tall skylight and sliding glass doors along the central axis of the house The living room and screened-in porch create an airy atmosphere connected to the outdoors. Skylights and operable windows encourage natural ventilation and fresh air circulation while increasing daylight for work and orientation.
Inside, with its approximately 280 m2, The main streets of the house form a simple cross on the plan, which facilitates circulation. The bedrooms, living room and dining area offer a variety of views of the landscape between and around. Hallways are wide and feature unrestricted level entry, accessible restrooms, workspaces with low counters, and a spacious garage with custom designed easy-grip door handles and drawer pulls.
A separate comment deserves the material. Natural materials of local origin are preferred, Sustainably harvested cedar siding was chosen for its durability and resistance to rot and insects, given the home’s wood setting. Heartwood pine salvaged from the river bed was used on the floors. and local white pine lines the ceilings, which simultaneously bring warmth to the interiors and come alive with abundant natural light. Regional bluestone on the entry floor, study and screened-in porch create an extended indoor/outdoor gathering area when the porch doors are open. And bluestone planks frame the tall fireplace that anchors the living room at the skylight end.
With the new home, its residents have increased comfort, giving them the opportunity to use more square meters than ever before. By providing dual functionality to the rooms, usable space maximized, “Flexibility is woven into all aspects of the three-bedroom home,” he explains. Planning details, such as a second door in one of the master bedrooms, enhance flow and provide the line-of-sight connection needed for care when an immediate response is needed.