Affordable Mountain Getaway
A young Massachusetts family asked us to build an affordable, energy efficient house in Robinson Springs, a neighborhood near the ski slopes that consists of generally high-end luxury homes. The site was difficult, with a steep grade on one side that required a retaining wall in order create a level area on which to build the house. We collaborated with the owners and Cushman Design Group to place the bedrooms in the lower level, thereby keeping the overall cost down. Pleasurable advantages to having bedrooms in the basement are warm winters and cool summers, in part, thanks to the polished concrete radiant slab. The main level has timber accents, maple flooring, a spalted maple bar and staircase handrails, and antique barn wood for the kitchen and bath. These tastefully implemented accents make the house special without breaking the budget.