Garden House

Durham, NC

General Contractor: New Dimensions Construction

Photos: © Michael Mills

The addition/renovation design of this spacious residence brought new life and energy efficiency after a devastating fire. Views and increased access to gardens influenced many of the design decisions, and the resulting home rests comfortably among beautiful, well-established gardens. A new master bedroom wing, living room ‘bump-out,’ screen porch and large, south facing deck extend the house’s footprint out into the spectacular grounds. These new interior and exterior spaces accommodate the flow of large parties and cozy, intimate events. A custom fabricated south-facing trellis covers the deck, creating a spacious outdoor room and allowing the sun in during the winter while blocking it in summer.

Geothermal heating and cooling brings exceptional energy efficiency. A ventless attic, sealed crawl space, spray foam insulation, solar hot water heater and sun-shading devices further reduce energy consumption. Materials such as reclaimed-wood floors, sustainably harvested wood framing, low VOC paints and finishes, a home management system for efficient lighting and HVAC control, and a fresh air ventilation and energy recovery system make this home a model of sustainable design.

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A bright and open kitchen with natural wood cabinets, stone countertops, bar seating and high ceilings occupies unique and angular spaces within the house.
An exterior daytime view shows the house’s U-shaped form opening up to the surrounding established gardens. Stone planters, light-colored siding, and a grey-blue standing seam roof compliment the cheerful colors of the abundant plant life.