House in Litchfield, CT


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Location: Litchfield, Connecticut
Date of Completion: 2018
Program: Single family home
Size: 1400-1800 SF
Cost of Work: $150/psf (new construction); $250K total

After completing work with another architect, clients contracted HAHA for the partial revision and total completion of extant plans for a new construction, 1,400 to 1,800 square foot single family residence, to be constructed on their wooded, river-fronting 6 ac. plot in rural northern Connecticut.

Design strategies emphasize economy, efficiency and durability, while also seeking to maximize overall aesthetic quality and to capitalize on the qualities of the chosen site. A contemporary approach incorporates limited, high-impact design operations that reflect the client desires for a structure that is low maintenance and amenable for both the their needs as they age, as well as the ease of use by future generations of occupants. It is intended to construct the dwelling for under $150/square foot, while achieving an anticipated lifespan of over 100 years.


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Wood frame structural systems have been utilized for durability and cost. Interior finishes emphasize variety and differentiate programmatic spaces with a warm, unifying palette. The slab-on-grade structure incorporates tank-less water heating and will be solar ready. Heating and air conditioning is provided by a conventional system, supplemented by client-specified wood stoves.  Water will be sourced from an on-site well.