• stone ridge house
  • stone ridge house
  • stone ridge house
  • stone ridge house
  • stone ridge house
  • stone ridge house
  • stone ridge house

Andrade Architecture transformed a modest, one-story house on a hilltop overlooking fields and woods into an iconic American farmhouse with a wraparound veranda and two-story gable-roofed addition. A hybrid of tradition and modernism, the house combines the charm of a rambling country house with passive solar features that conserve energy and maximize the light. True to Andrade Architecture’s sustainable design practices, the north façade has minimal fenestrations while the south side has an abundance of glass; the veranda has skylights and cooling ceiling fans. A tightly insulated building envelope, passive venting through a clerestory window on the second floor, radiant heat and utilizing a heat-recovery ventilator, keep the house cool in summer without the use of air conditioning and comfortable in winter.

Many of the original materials and features were repurposed, including the floors, doors, and kitchen cabinets, which were reconfigured and expanded. Salvaged materials, such as the black stone fireplace hearth, wrought-iron mantelpiece, marble pedestal sinks and a claw-footed tub, lend character, and the painted white siding preserves the clapboard look of a traditional farmhouse.

Yet the house also is contemporary in feel, with its careful utilization of space. The master bedroom opens onto a second floor balcony, which is equipped with an outdoor shower. A screened porch inserted into the veranda has removable screens, allowing for flexible use of the exterior spaces. The combination of informality with classic style makes this the perfect place for relaxing weekends in the country.