The ultra-modern "House By The Pond" in Water Mill, Long Island was designed to reflect its surrounding environment, specifically the placid pond to its north. Designed by Stelle Architects, the home is a direct response to an array of environmental regulations, site constraints, solar orientation and specific programmatic requirements. Geothermal heating and cooling is paired with an energy-efficient envelope and sustainably selected materials resulting in a home that is as sensitive to its environment as it is beautiful.
House By The Pond is a two-story, five bedroom home located in Water Mill, NY. The owners tasked Stelle Architects to craft a home that would meet their needs as well as the specific environmental regulations of the site. The home is composed of a two-story volume that runs north and south, and a one-story volume oriented to the east and west. The two-story volume houses all of the bedrooms, bathrooms and an extra family room while the other volume holds the public entertaining areas such as the living room, dining area and kitchen. It also acts as a breezeway and connects light and activity from the yard and pool area to the south with the view and wildlife of the pond to the north.
The home’s orientation was optimized for the sun and overhangs and sunshades were added to minimize heat gain in the summer. Exterior materials include anodized aluminum doors, windows and trim, cedar and cement board siding, which were selected because of their low maintenance, modest cost, long-term durability, and sustainable nature. Highly efficient glazing and an advanced building insulation system ensure that the home’s envelope minimizes energy losses. Additionally, a geothermal heating system provides energy-efficient heating and cooling which helped the home achieve standards that exceeded the Energy Star rating system.
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