Each year the AIA recognizes excellence in design from its architectural members. Mathison I Mathison Architects is humbled to accept a residential design award from AIA Grand Rapids for their Deer Haven House project.
The family wanted a primary living space on the main or street level that still felt connected to the lake. While decks are a simple solution to adding main-level exterior space on lake-front homes, they often feel like an after-thought, creating a damp shadowy space below, and block daylight to the lower level. This large patio is over lower level living space, so it feels integral to the home and still allows for unhindered light and views at the lower level. The kitchen, sitting, and dining room open directly to the patio with a wide lift-slide door. A gracious stair leads straight to the lakefront below, creating an easy pathway for guests from the entry down and out to the lake.
How to design a dreamy Berkshires getaway with luxury decor, sweeping views and, above all, coziness.
For five years, a particularly nature-loving Boston family escaped to a one-room cabin in the Housatonic River Valley in Great Barrington. That’s right, one room. Designed by Cambridge architect Maryann Thompson, it was a cozy cabin, resting on a slice of the mountainside and overlooking the valley. Still, it was time for a change. The family wanted to live larger. The goal was to replicate the design and feel of their beloved cabin, but to triple the size. Enter Evan Mathison of Mathison | Mathison Architects, who had assisted Thompson on the cabin and who employed a similar approach for the new, 5,600-square-foot low-slung home. Inspired by the stunning Berkshires landscape, the property follows the contours of the ridgeline; captures spectacular light and views; incorporates a warm materials palette; and blurs the line between indoors and out. Upon entering, visitors…