We stumbled across this beautiful vacation residence designed by TMS Architects and situated in a scenic town in New Hampshire, United States.The nearby lake is one of the many factors that probably influenced the position and design of this home. Its exterior made me thing of a typical suburban house, with white picket fences and friendly neighbors. At the same time, the residence lets out an impression of elegance and sophistication, due to the traditional details it exhibits.
Walk the rocky steps towards the main entrance and be amazed by the generously-sized living room, with a classic fireplace, large floor-to-ceiling windows framing the lake and an overall cozy atmosphere. Even though the style employed throughout is traditional, the interiors are spiced up by vibrant colorful decorations, making each functional space alive and alluring. How would you describe the feel of this house? Do you like its design more or less than that of the modern homes we usually feature on our site?
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.