Project Team: Eric Sokol
Structural Engineer: Albert Putnam
Builder: Maine Passive House
Photography: Jeff Roberts
High performance lakeside camp
This sloping waterfront lot with a relatively small and triangular buildable envelope made for a challenging location to build a house. The plan had to be efficiently manipulated to fit within oddly shaped and tight setbacks, while also taking advantage of the views to the water on the downslope side of the lot. The design response is a more contemporary interpretation of a classic split level home, which allowed both the entry and the lower floor to flow easily to the outdoors. Large open spaces allow for entertaining both upstairs and down.
In combination with the comfort of boarded walls and timbered ceilings, the owners asked to design a “near passive house” - constructing it with a superinsulated, high performance building envelope, to maximize comfort and minimize energy consumption. Enormous glass doors and windows frame the views to the woods and water, and allow for easy access to the deck and the ground level patio and lake below.