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Passive design makes the most of the sun; the house is oriented so that specially glazed, high-performance windows face south. With a tight envelope, the house is very well insulated and doesn't leak heat.
However, the most important aspect of successful architecture is always livability, which in this case meant creating a comfortable house that took advantage of landscape views and was sized appropriately.
The south-facing side harnesses energy from the sun in the winter through specially glazed, high-performance windows and doors by Schuco. Cedar siding will weather naturally into a silvery gray.
The iconic gable form and bold red color used outside appear again on opposite ends of the indoor living space. The exposed ductwork assists with the small amount of backup heat the family requires beyond the passive heat, as well as air conditioning for those rare days when natural ventilation can't handle a heat wave. Both come from a small, single system.
"We needed to create a sense of entry within the living space," explains Horowitz; the small, low walls to the left provide this.
Sofa: Addo Novo; paint: Raspberry Blush 2008-30, Benjamin Moore
"The dining room table from their former family home is the one piece my clients wanted me to design around," says Horowitz. She tucked a built-in banquette in a small bay, providing an ample dining space that doesn't encroach upon the main living room.
The traditional trestle table, contemporary chairs and gooseneck barn sconce give the room a touch of modern farmhouse style.
Chairs: Family Chairs, Addo Novo and Swag Leg Chair, Herman Miller; sconce: Barn Light Electric
"We ordered the cabinets and the island from Poggenpohl's Quick Ship line and then customized them," says Horowitz. "We added casters to the island so that it can be moved out of the way when large groups are over. When working within such a small footprint, you have to maximize flexibility."
The white walls, polished concrete floor and bright natural light keep the focus on the country views.
Kitchen: Poggenpohl; countertop: Caesarstone; pendant light: Le Klint
The master bedroom is "a room with a bed in it, and it functions quite well," declares Horowitz. It was designed for a bed to fit into the corner, with a deep windowsill on the left designed to serve as a bedside table. The result is a cozy room with wonderful views.