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A House for a Chef and an Artist

McInturff Architects


Ruth Gresser and Barbara Johnson


  • Mark McInturff FAIA
  • Peter Noonan AIA


  • Landscape Architect: Ed Bisese
  • General Contractor: WES Construction / Bill Scholz

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Year Completed

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This house is about a courtyard in the woods.  It organizes the various pieces of the house and carves out a deer-proof garden, while still connecting both to the rest of the forested site.   The owners, a chef and an artist/arts educator, asked for a substantial addition to their small brick house. We proposed leaving the old house largely as bedrooms, and popped up the roof of the original attached garage to create a studio with views of the garden. A new wing contains an open living areas for sitting, dining and, of course, cooking.   The old house and new wing form two sides of the courtyard   A carport makes the third side, and a rusted steel wall the fourth. Within the courtyard is a pool, a protected garden and a screened porch.  Connecting the old house and the new living spaces is a 45-foot-long passage that forms a gallery for some of their lively, and growing, collection of paintings. A basket-like loft floats above the living spaces and provides a retreat with a view of the activity below. Within this simple composition, the house and garden provide a variety of places from, and ways which one can engage the remarkable site.

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