Lake Sunapee, Burkehaven Cove, Sunapee NH

This 15,000 sf home is set in a small cove, with water views from many windows.  The boathouse was replaced first, giving the owners access to the lake while the architecture and construction was completed. A stone exterior, slate roof, and stained cedar shingles give the home a low-maintenance exterior. Geothermal, radiant heat and spray foam insulation provide for energy efficiency. An outdoor arbor creates a sheltered spot near the exterior fireplace.

Six fireplaces lend an atmosphere of the old world. The exterior and great room fireplaces are custom built. The 18th century French fireplace and over mantel in the dining room are imported, as is the 19th century walnut surround in the family room.

Window boxes in the guest suite, initially designed at counter height for books and plants, were changed during construction to seat height. The increased load was shifted from a cantilever to steel suspension rods hung from the roof structure.

An elevator provides the home with accessibility, and a quick means of inviting guests to the wine cellar and smoking room (with separate exhaust system) on the lower level. On the second floor, the master bedroom occupies the tower above the dining room. The two children’s rooms have french doors to balconies overlooking the cove.

Project involvement: Barbara Mehren Freeman: Architect of Record, Principal in Charge responsible for design. Pamela Hanson: design development through construction administration team, while with Mehren Freeman Architects.

Unless otherwise credited, all photos by John Gruen

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