Ridge House, GriD Architects, West Virginia, sheet metal, Seneca Rocks, clerestory windows, natural lighting, passive solar design, winter solar gain, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, Potomac River, mountains of West Virginia, weekend home

The owners – a painter and an art historian – sought a humble space with enough room for a studio, study, living room, dining room and kitchen, along with a master suite. GriD Architects sourced materials for the structure locally, including metal sheet roofing and hemlock. Most notable is the way the form of the house mimics the surrounding rock formations – a poetic strategy with important functions.

The design team arranged the home’s private functions along the ridge and oriented the public functions to overlook the Potomac River. Clerestory windows bring in plenty southern light and optimizes winter time solar gain. With thoughtful passive design, a small footprint, and a nod to Appalachian tradition, this delightful home sits quietly in this extraordinary mountainous setting.

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