Cutler Anderson Architects completed a modern woodland home that fully embraces the outdoors. Built to wrap around a large lake, the Connecticut Residence takes design inspiration from its surroundings with a subdued palette comprised of natural materials. As an “emotionally sustainable” home, the dwelling not only provides a relaxing atmosphere for its homeowners, but also generates all the energy it consumes through renewable sources.


view across pond Connecticut Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects

modern netzero home exterior Connecticut Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects

Created for a family of five, the Connecticut Residence stretches across a 4.3-acre forested site with a large pond in the center. The architects split the home into three volumes, two of which sit on either side of the pond with a long covered bridge in between. The volume on the west side of the pond houses the entry and the main communal areas including the living room, dining room, kitchen and family room. The volumes to the east and south comprise bedrooms, with the former also housing a garage.

living room Connecticut Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects

full height glazing Connecticut Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects

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Ample amounts of full-height glazing wrap around the house to blur the boundaries between indoors and out. Unfinished cypress clads the exterior, while the interior is mainly finished in Douglas fir broken up by white-painted walls and light-colored furnishings. The net-zero energy home is powered by rooftop solar as well as 14 geothermal wells.

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bedroom Connecticut Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects

cypress cladding Connecticut Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects

glazed bridge interior Connecticut Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects