Deckhouse is an exquisite, sustainably built and nautically inspired lake house in Vermont. On the exterior, the project consisted of a large sweeping deck at grade and a rooftop deck with hot tub, and a boathouse with a roof deck above for entertainment. The entirety of the residence is clad in sustainably harvested IPE, an ironwood known for its dense hardness and long-life cycle.
The detailing and landscape design of Deckhouse conceals an entire site water mitigation system. All water is collected, with gutters hidden at the roof eaves, deck edges, and downspouts concealed behind the exterior wall scrims. The captured water is directed to a landscaped rain garden for filtration and erosion control. At the other end of the site, an underground constructed wetland filters and mitigates surface water entering from adjacent properties before entering the lake.
Deckhouse is heated and cooled entirely by an electric, geothermal system. A 16kw roof-mounted solar array substantially offsets the system’s energy costs and powers 10 Tesla Powerwalls for energy storage. The home is constructed with a thermally separated tight envelope and has an HRV system providing fresh air exchange. The residence was commissioned during construction, and all windows, roofing, and water capture systems were intensely reviewed using industry testing guidelines. The home underwent a blower door test and infrared scanning to confirm the airtightness of the construction. Using cubic feet of air per minute at 50 Pascals of pressure difference per square foot of surface area (CFM50/SF), the home registered .09 air changes per hour, nearly achieving the Passive house benchmark of .06 ACH.
ReArch is very proactive in reviewing envelope details, always looking ahead to review and resolve those details weeks and months ahead of construction.