Clearwater Harbor House Sunapee, New Hampshire real estate, NH residential property photos, United States rural vuilding development
Clearwater Harbor House in Sunapee, NH
October 19, 2023
Design: Marcus Gleysteen Architects
Location: Sunapee, New Hampshire, USA
Photos by Trent Bell
Clearwater Harbor House, USA
Clearwater Harbor House is a retreat for an active family and their friends. After many years in their previous house on this property, our clients wanted to create a home that embraces the landscape with expansive views, sunlight and fresh air. The site runs east-west between Lake Sunapee to the north and a shared drive to the south.
The linear layout enables an abundance of windows along the shoreline, providing every major living space with views across the water. Inspired by Scandinavian modernism, the home is designed for comfort, ease and delight.
What were the key challenges?
The property is narrow and slopes steeply from a shared drive down toward the lake. Various setbacks restrict the massing and a high water table negates the possibility of any underground program.
What were the solutions?
The linear layout enables an abundance of windows along the shoreline, providing every major living space with stunning views of the water.
On the street side, clerestory windows maximize southern daylight while maintaining privacy. The main entry is nestled below the drive, protected by a welcoming timbered overhang. With direct views of the lake, the entry vestibule acts as the circulation core of the home, connecting shared living spaces with primary bedrooms and guest areas.
The main level rests on a concrete slab with hydronic radiant heating, allowing our clients to step directly from their living room out to the lake.
How is the project unique?
The tripartite floorplan enables a variety of configurations to suite our client’s needs. The western and eastern wings accommodate an abundance of visiting family in friends. Nevertheless, the core volume feels intimate and serene when the couple are alone. A strategic absence of any formal living spaces means that each room in the core is used daily.
Clearwater Harbor House in New Hampshire, USA – Building Information
Architecture: Marcus Gleysteen Architects – https://www.mgaarchitects.com/
Project size: 5,900 ft2
Site size: 43,400 ft2
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 2
Photographs: Trent Bell
Clearwater Harbor House, Sunapee, New Hampshire images/information received 191023
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