the formal dining room (facing page, left) is visible from the entry hall.
The library (above) is tucked behind the bluestone chimney it shares with
the living room. Located at the end of the house, it has views of the
landscape from front, back, and side.
A judicious use of wood sets the tone of the interior. The new floors
were locally milled from trees harvested on the property, window frames
are certified tropical wood, and engineered walnut was used in the kitchen.
While almost no materials were salvageable for reuse in the house, everything removed was recycled and kept out of landfills.
Offsetting the responsible yet often invisible choices (like the
moisture wrapping and the energy recovery system) that create a truly
sustainable house, Clarke’s adept design choices make the house a visual
delight. She brushed away the cramped 1940s kitchen and awoke the
house’s free-flowing modern soul with a space that incorporates food
preparation, informal dining, and a den. The kitchen cabinets are by
Valucine, the only Italian brand that met her green specifications. “They
are completely recyclable, sustainable, and scratch-resistant,” she says.
A massive stone fireplace sits at the far end of the living room,
where some of the existing bluestone floor was retained to create a
visual and physical connection to the bluestone patio beyond the floor-
to-ceiling window walls.