Ski Shack

Lakes Region, New Hampshire
Architecture, Interiors

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When an expanding family outgrew its beloved vacation home, chaos followed. Outdoor gear multiplied exponentially, while any organized spot to stow it did not. Expected amenities were non-existent for needs of the crowd of outdoor enthusiasts. SV Design addressed the lacking elements and added practicality, with style: the multigenerational family members and friends can now appreciate space for the variety of hobbies and interests they pursue. Having worked with Siemasko + Verbridge in the past, the family turned to SV once again knowing we would design solution to address the growing list of concerns.

SV’s design of a three-story addition with a relatively small footprint was just what the home needed. A covered entry now provides the option of entering the main house or stopping off in the mud room to remove boots, drop off skis, and hang up wet clothes. Regardless of the way you enter the main house you will be greeted with a naturally lit, welcoming staircase of reclaimed white oak timber treads and steel stringers and rails. Each newel post is capped off with a polished granite sphere to pay homage to the Granite State in which the house resides.

The open stair invites you up to a spacious family space for playing board games, listening to music, gazing at the stars, or just lounging about in the warm comfort of the home. Traveling downstairs from the main level is a new, kid friendly media room for popcorn and movies, or a little video game sibling competition.

Perhaps the most striking new feature of the home is the custom designed Adirondack style bar built of varying tones of willow branches and bark. Topped off with a contrasting aged zinc counter, backsplash and shelf the bar is the perfect spot for the resident bartender to mix up a tasty concoction for sitting by the crackling fire just steps away.

This home will provide comfort and ease for the family to relax and enjoy their getaway for years to come.

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Builder: Arrigo Construction

Photographer: Eric Roth