Chestnut Hill vernacular home with a modern spin
Having raised their children in a historic Chestnut Hill Estate, the empty-nester clients for the Waterman Residence were aiming for a modern and sustainable home to gracefully age-in-place.
The house is approached through a concrete plank driveway which flows through a breezeway to a peaceful garden terrace to the south. The two volumes of the house are diagrammatic of their functions: the 2-story volume housing bedrooms including a ground floor master suite and the single story split-gable wing housing open plan living spaces.
Designed with locally quarried stone inside and out
Solar PV panels sized to provide 100% of the building's annual energy consumption
Living-dining-kitchen floor designed to collect heat from the winter sun and radiate it back at night
100% on-site stormwater management to minimize impact on sensitive Wissahickon Watershed