2015 Home of the Year winner: Birch Bay House
Photography by John W. Hession
With an exterior that addresses the context of the New Hampshire Lakes Region and an interior with a calm and clean ambience, this sophisticated Lake Sunapee Region home is the ultimate lakeside residence and retreat.
The homeowners wanted to maintain the natural privacy of the site while connecting the peaceful indoor spaces to the outdoors with a comfortable patio—defined by stone walls, intimate plantings and gardens—for family and friends to enjoy. Inside, the master suite, office, laundry and other living areas are located on the first floor, providing accessibility for retirement. The first floor incorporates ten-foot ceilings with tall windows and transoms, allowing natural light into the house on its northern and lake-view façade. The second floor includes guest bedrooms, a family room and a second office above the garage.
Judges said: “This home presents welcoming façades to guests coming from both the road and the water. The exterior massing provides a strong, well-composed elevation on the water side, while deflecting the garage toward the interior of the site. The use of traditional materials, the Shingle-Style detailing and the nicely landscaped yards all work together to create a timeless design that is wonderfully appropriate for the New Hampshire Lakes Region.”
“There is a nice series of spaces on the lakeside that provide varying degrees of shelter and privacy, while enjoying the day and evening outdoors. The interiors are well thought out with the primary living spaces located to take advantage of the serene water views. The interior is open, but each room is clearly defined with elegant ceiling treatment, creating a home that is comfortable and well proportioned.”