This cottage style residence is designed as a future retirement home for our clients. The site is perched up high over a portion of Great Bay in New Hampshire and offers stunning 180 degree views of the water. There is an existing inferior structure on the property which is slated to be removed to make way for the new house. The site like many of it's kind has many shore land zoning restrictions that we have needed to navigate thru. Challenging aspects of designing the house were to not only take advantage of the view but to be cognizant of privacy issues emanating from the abutting neighbors as well as remaining back from a steep drop off on the property. The first floor is comprised of a sizable great room, dining and kitchen which together forms the core of the house. Each of these spaces are open to each other and look out toward the view. In addition the dining and kitchen zones also enjoy a view into the entry courtyard. Having these multi dimensional views was very important.
We located the master suite in its own wing on the first floor to be just adjacent to the great room. This position allows quick access but at the same time a very private sense from the noisier parts of the house. On the opposite side of the kitchen we located an office which doubles as a guest room when needed. Other support spaces including laundry, bathroom, pantry, mud room and two car garage complete the floor. The second floor accommodates two guest en-suites oriented to take advantage of the sweeping water views. One of these suites also functions as a study for an in home business. The upper level of the garage has the potential to be used as a separate living quarter for their visiting adult kids and future families. Aesthetically the house is designed to blend into the natural surroundings and be very welcoming.
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