West Chester, Pennsylvania
The pond is a focus for both the house and the kennel. The owners' primary hobby is raising Labrador Retrievers
for hunting and field trials. Visual monitoring and ease of access to the kennel from the primary use rooms on the
west side of the house were program requirements. Also important was the need to display trophies and a variety
of regional artwork. The curved wall which runs east-west on each level is lit with wall-wash lights for
display of artwork.
The house is designed as an adaptation of a traditional farmhouse with a contemporary attitude towards
open space and large windows. Vistas through a variety of rooms and the ability to function both casually and formally
were important considerations.
Another program requirement was the need to provide a separation, both physically and for heating and cooling, between
the primary use rooms and the more formal rooms used for entertaining. Primary use rooms are the Master Suite, Family Room,
Kitchen, Mudroom and Laundry and will be the only rooms accessible to the house dogs.
Outdoor living and entertaining are addressed in the stone terraces on the southeast and southwest side of the house.
The terraces are connected by means of a wood bridge and deck adjacent to the kitchen. The bridge also serves as a
bris-soleil for the large windows in the exercise room on the basement level. Evening sunsets are enjoyed from the
deck adjacent to the kitchen.