Joray Road — a modern house inspired by vernacular tradition

Sharon, CT
6,500 square feet
Type: Houses / Interiors
Theme: Tranquility in the Country

We designed this house and its outbuildings as a series of straightforward volumes arranged in a striking composition. On the exterior, cedar clapboard siding and wood windows are complemented by a galvanized metal roof and stacked stone walls. While these materials and the massing of the structures celebrate the area’s vernacular architecture, our design language on the interior is decidedly modern.

The main floor of the house is an open plan punctuated with a series of walls that delineate the public rooms of the house. A glass and steel frame wall further define the kitchen and dining room while still allowing light in to the gallery. The second floor is a divided into two distinct zones to allow their grown son and his family to have a private area unto themselves. A two-story screen porch ties the two floors together, letting in abundant natural light and providing refuge from the insects.

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