Family Retreat Great Room
Architect: Donald Giambastiani, Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects Inc.
Located in the valley of a remotely forested 500-acre site, this family retreat renovation retained the rustic character of the house and backdrop, which includes the remnants of a 19th century barn structure, while integrating additional spaces and improving the quality and comfort of the residence. Inspired by the site’s natural features, local stone, cedar shingles and standing seam metal roofs lend a “village” feel to the new compound. The building elements resemble a typical evolving New England farmhouse expansion. Steep rolling hills, a flowing brook, and a dam and pond were maintained and seamlessly incorporated in the new development. To enhance views and green space, the existing driveway was rerouted, with retaining walls built with large boulders from the site. Marvin windows had the perfect scale and detail needed to complement the design and work with the existing natural building materials. The black clad exteriors were a perfect addition to the fieldstone, cedar shingles and standing seam metal roofs, while the interior Douglas fir highlighted the interior space.