LAKE LIFE

EV­ERY­ONE IS TALK­ING ABOUT THE POWER OF THE PORCH THIS SUM­MER.

Boston Common - - CONTENTS - BY LISA PIER­PONT

Ev­ery­one is talk­ing about the power of the porch this sum­mer.

Re­cy­cled wood or floor-to-ceil­ing screens? When it comes to porches, lake­side home­own­ers have opin­ions. What is unan­i­mous this sum­mer is the idea of blur­ring the line be­tween the in­doors and out­doors. We speak with two ar­chi­tects who cre­ated sanc­tu­ar­ies on Squam Lake and Nubanusit Lake in New Hamp­shire.

RUSTIC WITH LUX­URY

When LDa Ar­chi­tec­ture & In­te­ri­ors prin­ci­pal Tr­ef­fle LaFleche re­ceived a phone call from a fam­ily look­ing to reimag­ine their Squam Lake sum­mer house as an overnight camp, he thought of s’mores, camp­ing, and lux­ury. Wait—lux­ury? “These days, the trend is to­wards a rustic aes­thetic with grand com­fort,” LaFleche says. “We re­ward our­selves af­ter work­ing hard all week with lux­ury and re­fine­ment.” He de­signed the porch to have a red cedar cathe­dral ceil­ing, pine floor­ing, comfy fur­ni­ture, and a hang­ing fire­place. LDa Ar­chi­tec­ture & In­te­ri­ors, LLP, 222 Third St., Ste. 3212, Cam­bridge, 617-621-1455; lda-ar­chi­tects.com

WEATHERING HEIGHTS

Smack next to Nubanusit Lake is a house that begs to host en­ter­tain­ing. Ar­chi­tect Shel­don Pen­noyer had just the plan: ter­races. “We did not build any decks, but ter­races,” Pen­noyer says. “They of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for plant­ing and a spe­cial con­nect­ed­ness to the land and the lake. An out­door ter­race does a much bet­ter job than a room.” Shaped with a curved ceil­ing, the porch of­fers a barely-there tran­si­tion to the out­doors. “The trend is to be al­most liv­ing in the land­scape.” Shel­don Pen­noyer Ar­chi­tects, 64 N. Main St., #1, Con­cord, NH, 603-856-8994; spen­noy­er­ar­chi­tects.com

“AN OUT­DOOR TER­RACE DOES A MUCH BET­TER JOB THAN A ROOM.” —shel­don pen­noyer, shel­don pen­noyer ar­chi­tects

Ar­chi­tect Shel­don Pen­noyer cre­ated out­door “rooms”—each of­fer­ing a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence—for a fam­ily’s sum­mer house on Nubanusit Lake in Han­cock, New Hamp­shire.

The own­ers of this Squam Lake home wanted to en­hance the sights and sounds of a child­hood camp ex­pe­ri­ence. LDa Ar­chi­tec­ture & In­te­ri­ors added another layer: lux­ury.

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