Gallery: OLD STONE HIGHWAY HOUSE: Modern future forward design


Founded in 2001, Berg Design offers gorgeous sustainable solutions to residential projects. Their Old Stone Highway house was designed by John Berg as a “Single Family Residence with Environmentally Low Impact Building Technology”. We totally dig their uncompromising approach to housing that is luxurious, super green, and chock full of mid-century charm.

Surprisingly, this sleek sustainable haven draws its inspiration from a Long Island barn built in the 1800’s. Completed in July 2007, the Highway House was conceived as a “modern interpretation of the Long Island agricultural vernacular”. It’s an elegant marriage of glass, western cedar siding, and concrete block interspersed with large windows that bring the outside in, suffusing the interior spaces with a lovely use of natural light.

The innovations are in the details: the house makes use of high performance Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) that are airtight, well insulated, and quick to assemble. These panels are complemented by a 98% efficient boiler, radiant concrete floors and a geo-thermal HVAC system. The ubiquitous windows fold open during warm weather, and are composed of dual-pane low-e glass filled with argon gas, while the roof is constructed with tough, UV-resistant Kynar. Energy Star appliances and a saline pool (no chemicals!) round out a house that mixes classic lines with the latest in eco-tech.

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  1. lrice32 July 4, 2008 at 6:51 am

    I agree with Mitrov about the supports and teh cinder blocks. The industrial chic really doesn’t go with the more elegant wood work and polished concrete. I love the first floor layout though. I wonder what construction costs would be for something of this size today…

  2. mitrov April 9, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Great. I like the window walls. Kinda scary looking in that it looks like its holding up the second floor.
    I could’ve done without the cinder block piers and chimney. Brings it down a notch.

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