The architects designed a dramatic entry to fit the landscape. “Although the owners can drive around the house and enter on the side, visitors park across the creek and go over a small bridge to reach the large pivot front door,” says Umbanhowar. The bridge is made from limestone castoffs from a nearby quarry.

The second story sits perpendicular to the entry and holds a master suite. The solid face of the structure houses the stair landing and screens the master bedroom from the front of the house.

The wood on the exterior of the home is made from weathered boards that were once used as snow fences (to contain drifting snow and prevent it from covering roads).

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