THE DRAWING BOARD – July 2014
Oriented with expansive views of the Kennebec River in North Bath, the Eyrie (the name for a nest of a hawk or eagle) was specifically sited to relate to a family member’s iconic glass house positioned for solar gain. The intentional play between structures creates a family compound with an immediate connection.
David Matero Architecture designed the 750-square-foot main floor as an open plan concept to accommodate both the intended function as well as assist with heating the house. The living spaces, bedroom, and bathroom are located on the main floor while the walk-out basement is an art studio that can also serve as an additional bathroom and bedroom area when required. The house is sided with cedar clapboards, and with charcoal windows the natural, dark palette feels anchored on the ground. With 9-foot ceilings and a large expanse of glass to frame the view, there is a deep connection to the landscape.
Eyrie will begin as a monthly retreat for the Connecticut-based owner but will transition to a year-round home after retirement. The architect paid close attention to the energy efficiency features of this home: double thick walls, triple-glazed windows, and extremely efficient spatial design. A couple of air-source heat pumps will sufficiently heat the house, while a wood stove is featured for both ambience and backup heat.
Location: North Bath
Architect: David Matero Architecture
Lighting Design: Greg Day Lighting
Structural Engineer: Casco Bay Engineering
Contractor: Bachman Construction
Construction start: Fall 2014
Construction end: Spring 2014
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