“It’s respectful of its environment and respectful of the materials, because they let them develop over the years. … It will always keep on changing in accordance with the environment, which I respect a lot, not trying to keep things the same, because nature is ever changing.”
— Paola Calzada

Location New Marlborough, Massachusetts
Clients Emily Newman and Jeremy Stanton
Architect Kinneymorrow Architecture
Design Team Michael Morrow, AIA, Jessi Mills
Contractor Built by Owner
Structural Engineer Insight Structures

When their house burned down, a couple built a new home on their small Berkshires farm nearby. Constructed by the husband, a chef and butcher by trade, with help from his brother and a friend, the house is sited on a hill with 360-degree views. Standing-seam weathering steel was selected for the skin, and ash and hemlock used for cladding was felled, milled, and seasoned on site. The home’s gabled form bridges a saddle in the earth, creating a carport below and a covered entry into a basement utility space. Above, the plan is split lengthwise: Private spaces are aligned at the back, with the kitchen, dining, and living areas along the front. The communal spaces are anchored by oriel windows and bookended by screened porches.

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