Ski Vacation Home

This custom home design by NH Architect firm of  Samyn-D’Elia Architects, is for a family of avid skiers and friends.    The elevation here shows how the house will look when it’s finished.  Featuring an abundance of energy efficient windows, the occupants will have plenty of opportunities to gaze at the mountainside views.

Building on the steep hillside alongside an alpine ski resort in New Hampshire, involves careful site preparation.  NH is made up of enormous granite boulders and tends to release them reluctantly.

The foundation is being constructed.  Using insulated concrete units (CMU) provides foundation insulation and concrete forms all in one unit, resulting in high performance insulation and saving time and labor costs.

Construction for this home is not for the “faint of heart”!  The roofing is almost complete.  This timber framed home by Timberpeg, uses 8 1/4″ SIPs panels of extruded polystyrene (XPS) for the roof, providing insulation of R41+ that exceeds Energy Star requirements.   The north winds can do their worst, and this family will stay warm and cozy.

On the west side of the house, SIPs panels are being applied to the timber frame.  The panels are cut with computer guided machines that remove the door and window openings with exacting precision, making installation fast and efficient.

 Energy efficiency does not require compromising on aesthetics.  The beauty of the interior in a timber frame home is exemplified with this view of  timbers joined together at the peak of the great room.  Outside the warm wood paneling, the highlyenergy efficient SIPs panels are doing the hard work at saving money on heating  costs for a lot of years to come.

Construction continued throughout the winter.  This photo, taken from the road, showcases the exciting architectural form of the expansive entry.

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This picture shows the view from the second floor balcony looking out in the over the entry.  The entry is shown at left in the “turret” portion.

A bridge from the house to a trail that leads directly to the Loon Mountain Ski Resort affords ski-in and ski-out access to the alpine trails.

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A patio with a sunken hot tub and a stone barbecue.

More photos to come as construction progresses.

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