Otter Pond Residence

Schematic Design

Schematic Design

The Otter Pond Residence was in need of a whole-house renovation. Place’s primary goals were to keep the integrity of this conventional early-20th-century French Tudor home, while giving it the conveniences of the 21st century; planning a unifying design that would create comfortable light-filled spaces to spotlight the pond’s spectacular views, was a priority.
Over the years, porches and other additions had been attached to the house. Roof lines were disjointed; all 5 bathrooms, a small-outdated kitchen, and all the house systems (electric, plumbing, heating, and cooling) needed upgrading; and all of the windows on the back of the house were small, restricting the water’s view. The exposed timber beams and cathedral ceiling in the great room, were kept to respect the original architectural charm.

The flexibility and layout of the living spaces are now conducive for entertaining, with an easy flow from one room to another. The new roof lines and raised interior ceilings add character to each space. This retreat is enjoyed year-round with their grown children, family, and friends. Their new home has all the modern creature-comforts, but still retains its character and old-world charm.

The collaboration on this team included: Interior Design: Erin Paige Pitts Interiors,  Contractor: Crowley Construction

Sustainable features:

  • Daylighting: natural light saves electricity
  • Insulation: Great room ceiling: additional insulation-Hunter panels
  • Windows/doors: Marvin – Energy efficient
  • In-floor radiant heat: Warmboard
  • Kitchen countertop: stained concrete
  • Decking: IPE tongue & groove
  • Roofing: Eco-Star composite roofing
  • Paint: Benjamin Moore low VOC paint
  • Bath fixtures: Low flow toilets and Wall hung toilet in master bath
  • Appliances: Energy star
  • Bath Tile: Porcelain