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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“I like the siding, windows and night time snow photo.” — dawnrpt
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“dorm windows garage. different materials / color” — sandydesisto
Exterior Entry Porch
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“board & batton siding!” — hrobison1
Covered Entry Porch
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“both colors are from Maibec's William E. Poole Series - "Barnstable Red" and "Caribbean Blue"” — sunnybrookcove
Covered Entry Porch
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“Red and grey” — bethwind
Covered Entry Porch
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“Portico” — buttercup10
Covered Entry Porch
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“g” — scottrnelson
Waterfront Porch
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“sitting area towards stream” — Nice Dwellings
Waterfront
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“Like these exterior colors” — lauradanehouse
Mud Room
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“flooring” — shaunahudson
Bedroom
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“Wow” — Patumtip Sangsoy
Bathroom
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“Restroom” — Valinda Rocha
Second Floor Hall
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“What about tall cabinets flanking each side of windows with storage benches between? Lots of storage” — paulamgreene
Living Room and Fireplace
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“stone” — beckymeyer77
Bathroom
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“Dog” — jenniferwaryck
Bathroom
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“nickel spaced wall board” — lolamango
Kitchen
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“counter top is recycled glass” — trempe22
Kitchen
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“Stone” — alexahodgkinson
Guest Bathroom
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“Marmoleum floor” — ruizlachica
Bedroom Headboard Wall
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“window wall” — riverqueen
Fireplace Mantle
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“Live edge wood shelf” — irina121
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