O’Neill Rose Architects designed a home for a nature loving couple that maximizes the experience of the outdoors. Located in the countryside of Sheffield, Massachusetts, the Undermountain home covers a spacious 3,000 square feet across a linear footprint. The elevated home also allows rainwater to flow underneath through a boulder-strewn rain garden and out to the meadow beyond.



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Built for a couple who wanted a home where they could age in place, Undermountain was conceived as a single-story building so that the occupants could live comfortably without fear of future mobility issues. To mitigate slope changes on site, the long and rectangular building is anchored into a hill on one side, while stone blocks support the other end above marshy wetland. A boulder-strewn rain garden occupies the gap between the stone blocks.

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Inspired by the rural vernacular, Undermountain is clad in vertical strips of ebony-stained cypress and punctuated with large windows that frame key vistas. Rural inspiration and cypress can also be found in the interior, which is contemporary with clean lines and light-filled spaces. The addition of a screened porch allows enjoyment of the outdoors year-round.

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Under mountain by O’Neill Rose Architects, aging in place architecture, Sheffield contemporary home, rain garden under home, ebony stained cypress, Sheffield architecture,

Under mountain by O’Neill Rose Architects, aging in place architecture, Sheffield contemporary home, rain garden under home, ebony stained cypress, Sheffield architecture,

Under mountain by O’Neill Rose Architects, aging in place architecture, Sheffield contemporary home, rain garden under home, ebony stained cypress, Sheffield architecture,

Under mountain by O’Neill Rose Architects, aging in place architecture, Sheffield contemporary home, rain garden under home, ebony stained cypress, Sheffield architecture,