The Not So Suburban House, Bow, NH

This modern 2760-square-foot house is located in a suburban cul-de-sac neighborhood development with panoramic views to the North and East. The design of the house ties the home to its surroundings and enhances the ability to experience both home and nature together. The entry level serves as the primary living space with the Living/Dining/Kitchen area, and the Primary Bedroom Suite; these two areas are bisected by the entry/stair hall with a climbing wall. The exterior is clad with low maintenance materials of charred cypress and Corten steel. Arriving by car, the visitor is greeted by a modest entry that opens to the expansive mountain views at the rear of the home. The living, dining, and outdoor areas are placed to capture these views and a connection to the protected garden and open-air porch. A garden wall shapes an intimate space that protects the occupants from the cars passing by, and captures south light with a porthole view to the north and west. The interior is wrapped in fir elements to fashion a warm modern interior design. The electric fireplace provides a visual focus and warmth. Energy modeling during the design phase determined a double framed 12" thick wall filled with cellulose with an R-42, and the engineered roof trusses allow a continuous air barrier with 20" of cellulose with an R-70 along with air source heat pumps, to create a very efficient home. A roof mounted PV system provides power for both the house and the Electric Vehicle.

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