The original structure on this site was a lovely, yet very small stone cottage. However, there was no way to add on to this diminutive, un-insulated structure and also meet the client’s desire for an energy efficient home with one level living for themselves and space for family to visit.
The solution was a new, four bedroom stone and clapboard home with large front and rear covered porches. Happily, Second Chance salvaged many materials for reuse prior to the new construction.
Dormers were added in keeping with the scale and materials of the original stone cottage. To evoke a historic style, the porches are covered with standing seam roofs. A geothermal system provides heat, and the walls are extra thick to provide insulation and allow the windows to have deep sills in the stone face, as they did with the original structure. The result is a new twist on a traditional cottage.