There is something adorable and quaint about a rural stone hunting house on a hill, but moving into a building that is windowless (with crumbling walls and more holes than roof) requires a lot of work – particularly for those who want to preserve parts of the existing structure and add a number of sustainable strategies to the added architectural elements and spaces.
The proposed conversion illustrated above was designed by Franklin Azzi to take this old barely-standing building and add new exterior and interior spaces to make it a livable home without compromising the essential central building already on the site. Moreover, the new design included provisions for integrating geothermal energy, solar power and rainwater collection.
Part of the process involved rehabilitating and reframing the interior of the stone part of the structure, adding a few critical skylights and other elements designed not to detract from the integrity of the original house but to provide for natural ventilation. Exclusively local and recyclable materials were used for all added parts.
Additions to the original portion were done in wood and other lighter materials to set them apart visually from the heavy stone of the main home, extending the existing spaces inside and out while providing contrast between old and new construction elements.