comfortable getaway offers a surprising 4,000 square feet of
living space. In the tradition of the extended Yankee homestead, Linn strengthened the sense of domestic scale by
carefully composing the house into small units: the bedroom
wing, the living room and dining room, and the kitchen. These
building blocks are not in a straight line, but are canted along
a slight angle. Roofs steeply pitched to shed snow are zinc-plated copper, windows in the sleeping wing are farmhouse
plain, and large expanses of glass on the lake side identify
the house as contemporary. Although a traditional post-and-beam structure, the house has no posts in any of the corners.
On the exterior, a gray stain pays homage to the bark of
tall hemlock trees on the property. In clearing parts of the
woods for the house, some hemlocks were harvested for ceiling beams. Inside, local pine is used for the walls, but the
flooring is yellow Southern pine salvaged from 19th-century
mills in New Bedford and Gardner, Massachusetts.
Entry to the house is through a sensible mudroom (this
is New Hampshire, after all) that leads to the welcoming and
unpretentious living space. The living room, complete with
the view from the living room to the dining room (top left) exemplifies how
architect Robert Linn pulled structural members in from the exterior walls. As a
result, there are a variety of nook-like spaces, including the indoor porch
(above), which, with its giant swing, offers a bit of summer magic even in the
middle of winter. The bluestone fireplace (top right) extends floor to ceiling
and is the focal point of the living room.