Camp Stew

Project Completion Date: 2009

The Native American name “Winnipesaukee” means “beautiful water in a high place.” This half-acre previously developed site in New Hampshire fits that description perfectly. The low-value existing home, however, did not meet lake zoning standards and did not take advantage of all the location had to offer.

We designed a new efficient, highly crafted, low-maintenance, four-season home with outside living spaces that embrace the natural features of the site. Our clients wanted their new home to be different from the suburban-styled houses that dominate the neighborhood. Affectionately named Camp Stew by its owners, the house will initially serve as a frequent escape for a couple approaching retirement, and in the near future, will become their permanent home.

Our site-specific design allows cars to be left behind and forgotten at the east end of the site. On approach, a welcoming entry porch shelters the gap between the house and garage and serves as a gateway, separating public spaces from private ones. The entry path then moves toward the front door along the edge of an outdoor room that is created between the house, garage, and tree line to the north. This intimate space, complete with native hardscape and vegetation, offers protection from lake winds while also giving shady refuge on hot summer days.

Even though it is comprised of cozy, right-sized spaces, the main level feels open and spacious—at once, both big and small. The central fireplace divides living from dining and serves as the heart of the home. The floor plan and windows are organized to take advantage of light and focus on views of nature, while avoiding less desirable views of neighboring properties. The use of wood on the interior and exterior reflects the surroundings outside and is in keeping with the lake vernacular.

High-performance insulation, energy-efficient systems, and extensive use of durable and local building materials all contribute to the sustainability of the project.
Exterior
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“exterior, scale” — carrieet
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“Breezeway” — trysten1
Exterior Entry Porch
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“loden green door against red siding. love it.” — joni1968
Covered Entry Porch
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“How about something like this with a tin roof???” — altobelli2359
Covered Entry Porch
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“The board & batting looks great.” — susanlatia
Covered Entry Porch
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“log and dry creek, very attractive” — meeing
Covered Entry Porch
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“Rock, duh.” — Daniel Martin
Waterfront Porch
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“Paint red” — johnrc333
Waterfront
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“EVERYTHING!” — jaworsvl
Mud Room
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“good trim color - goes with cool and warm colors” — sdegarmo
Bedroom
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“"Nickel gap board was what I was talking about for second floor bedrooms...sloped areas as in this p” — altobelli2359
Bathroom
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“shelf with live edge wood” — easealy
Second Floor Hall
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“design - sydney” — miafeldman
Living Room and Fireplace
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“Very cool use of granite” — flynnjp1
Bathroom
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“layout” — davidullrich
Bathroom
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“Gray subway tile and shower” — Philip Everett
Kitchen
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“Kitchencounter” — kahauling
Kitchen
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“colorful accents brighten room more. stone gives tropical feel. light green counters work well with” — Trent Kelly - Dylan Chappell Architects
Guest Bathroom
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“Wall paneling” — Grey Dog Design Studio
Bedroom Headboard Wall
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“Nickel gap board example” — altobelli2359
Fireplace Mantle
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“stonewrok” — marymarylouie
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