ArchDaily Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Bulthaup, Delta Millworks, Flos, Gaggenau, Get Real Surfaces, Kebony, Liebherr, Michael Anastassiades, Ortal, Pac-Clad, Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, Arcadia Custom, CEA Design, Cohen, Duravit, Home Frefinements, Kallista, Madera-Trade, McNeel, +4Peter Brooks Stone Works, The Builder Depot, Velux, Zen Bathworks-4 Houses CopyHouses•Cornwall, United States Design Team:Katherine Chia, Arjun Desai, Troy Lacombe, Brad IsnardEngineering:David KuffermanFireplace Concrete Work:Get Real SurfaceKitchen Joinery:BulthaupCity:CornwallCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Paul WarcholRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationEnscape3D Real-Time Rendering SoftwareRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumText description provided by the architects. The Ledge House clients asked us to design a new home that would resonate with the history of the Connecticut Valley, include a material palette that is environmentally friendly, and works with the challenging site on a large rock ledge. We removed an existing cabin that had been expanded in unsuccessful ways over time by a previous owner; we were able to reuse the cabin’s foundation (which saved money and reduced construction waste) & add to it to simplify the footprint of the building while amplifying the program. The new footprint moved the house closer to an existing boulder- a prehistoric “glacial erratic” that was deposited along with the ledge hundreds of thousands of years ago when the glaciers formed the Appalachian Mountains.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholSave this picture!Site planSave this picture!© Paul WarcholThe boulder is a rugged companion to the house and acts as a muse for the uphill forest views. The form of the house was inspired by indigenous barns of the area as well as the nearby, historic West Cornwall Covered Bridge. A clever structural system utilized balloon framing techniques— the beams, walls, sheathing, and a carefully calibrated nailing pattern allows the structure to perform as a unified diaphragm, eliminating the need for exposed cross bracing. The interior vaulted ceilings are open volumes of space accentuated by clean planar surfaces.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholSave this picture!© Paul WarcholThe living room, dining room, and kitchen form the nucleus of a large breezeway through the house; the breezeway was strategically positioned to take advantage of the views to the valley, the uphill cross-ventilating breezes, and an existing boulder that becomes a rugged companion to the house and the views of the landscape. The exterior of the house is clad in Shou Sugi Ban siding which offers a rot-resistant and bug-resistant finish that also articulates the iconic form of the building. The interior finishes are light and airy.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholA master bedroom suite is located on one end of the house; 2 guest bedrooms are on the other end. The nucleus living area between them allows the owners and their guests to merge & socialize together in a lofted, open area that connects across the ledge to a forested terrace and a valley terrace: indoor and outdoor living flow seamlessly through.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholProject gallerySee allShow less10M4D House / guga Urban ArchitectureSelected ProjectsCasa de Farinha de babaçu Refurbishment / Estudio FlumeSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946169/ledge-house-desai-chia-architecture Clipboard Save this picture!© Paul Warchol+ 23Curated by Paula Pintos Share Landscape: Area: 2400 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Ledge House / Desai Chia ArchitectureSave this projectSaveLedge House / Desai Chia Architecture Architects: Desai Chia Architecture Area Area of this architecture project United States Classic Renovations LLC Projects Photographs AB Landscaping Ledge House / Desai Chia Architecture 2019 Year: “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946169/ledge-house-desai-chia-architecture Clipboard “COPY” Builder: Photographs: Paul Warchol Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeDesai Chia ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCornwallOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on August 24, 2020Cite: “Ledge House / Desai Chia Architecture” 24 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.