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.

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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.  Photo  of LEED Silver House modern homeView Photos

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.  Photo 3 of LEED Silver House modern homeView Photos

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. Photo 4 of LEED Silver House modern homeView Photos

Over 50% of the roof area is used for water harvesting.

Locally sourced stone was used for the patio. Photo 6 of LEED Silver House modern homeView Photos

Locally sourced stone was used for the patio.

The house was also designed to capitalize on the beautiful lake views available at this location. Photo 8 of LEED Silver House modern homeView Photos

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. Photo 9 of LEED Silver House modern homeView Photos

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. Photo 11 of LEED Silver House modern homeView Photos

The floors are locally sourced reclaimed hardwood. Additionally, the cherry hardwood trim throughout the house was harvested on site.

Interior Design
  • Phinney Design Group with Owner
Landscape Design
  • New Dimensions
Builder
  • Northen Dean Construction
Photographer
  • Donna Abbott Vlahos

Overview

Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2011
  • Square Feet
  • 3691
  • Press