Arts and Crafts Goes Green

Our clients wanted a custom home to comfortably accommodate their immediate family of four — or 40 if the relatives were all in town. Privacy from neighbors on this urban site, low maintenance, aging in place, durability and energy efficiency were also important elements to incorporate into their new home. It should be casual and unpretentious while using quality, long-lasting materials throughout.

The Vision

The homeowners lived in a standard colonial in a typical neighborhood before encountering this tree-filled residential parcel, hidden between two developed neighborhoods. This parcel included the privacy they were looking for in the heart of the city. It also enabled the opportunity to build their forever home for their immediate family as well as their large extended family.

The Team

Design & Architecture: Meadowlark Design+Build

Project Management: Meadowlark Design+Build

Design & Architecture

Schematic Design

Placing the house to overlook a steep ravine while maximizing privacy and solar exposure were key components of getting this home just right. Energy efficiency was another goal with the target of LEED Platinum certification. Ease of movement throughout the home was important; with utilizing the space to feel intimate at small gatherings but, capable of  hosting larger parties.

  • Site the home correctly on the lot, designing the exterior experience in tandem
  • Strategize on construction techniques to maximize energy efficiency
  • Create progressions of spaces that make gathering areas that are comfortable in scale with 4 or with 40 people

Design Development

The house had a nice south-facing vista and a steep wooded ravine to the east. Earth-tones and natural materials help the house work with the conifers on the site to create a natural backdrop. The house would have several areas where movement between the interior and exterior would feel seamless and natural.

The Results

Meadowlark designed the home to achieve the highest level of LEED certification possible. Our in-house crews installed Durisol insulated concrete form (ICF) walls and Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) for the roof. Meadowlark’s architectural design incorporated numerous details, including two 15th-century limestone fireplace columns from Spain and decorative metalwork and art pieces created by family members. The home also features Meadowlark custom cabinetry throughout.