design et al are delighted to announce that Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC have been shortlisted for Residential £2.5-5 Million (Property By Value) Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2016
This Grand Country House is an intimate, historically inspired country home that celebrates the natural topography and arborous nature of its site. Although the home is newly constructed, it looks and feels as though it has stood for a long time, rooted in its site and in scale with its surroundings.The typography of the wooded site and its location abutting conservation land required additional review and approval from the Weston Conservation Commission. The site required setbacks from natural resources and wetlands, conservation land, and public access to walking trails. This was a significant challenge with plans for a large program, however the designers were able to take advantage of the existing topography and work within the build envelope to create a full height walkout lawn level spanning the left side of the home.
This allowed the majority of the client’s program to be placed on this lower level in a positive way and in doing so, reduced the footprint of the overall house while achieving the programmatic needs of the client. The potential oversizing of the house on the lot was avoided and the design was unanimously approved by all town boards that had jurisdiction over the project. The solution resulted in long views out to the landscape from the interior spaces, furthering the relationship of interior and exterior space.