The owner set a goal of building a new home, sited on a hilly site that would achieve the highest LEED rating possible, within her means. The architect, Phinney Design Group, delivered this private lakeside residence, which has achieved LEED Silver Certification. Inspired by Long Island cottage homes, this single family sustainable residence integrates modern open floor plan living with traditional cottage features.
Sited to take advantage of scenic Saratoga Lake vistas, this residence is centered on a 3-story open stairway and double height living room, which together, along with the cupola, function as a thermal chimney for passive ventilation.
Sustainable landscaping efforts included the exclusion of invasive species and a concentration on local and drought resistant plants.
Over 50% of the roof area is used for water harvesting.
Locally sourced stone was used for the patio.
The house was also designed to capitalize on the beautiful lake views available at this location.
The low E windows provide an abundance of daylight and a visual connection back to the site and lake vistas.
The floors are locally sourced reclaimed hardwood. Additionally, the cherry hardwood trim throughout the house was harvested on site.