The client purchased a small seasonal cottage on Stockbridge Bowl and initially planned to put a foundation under it, drill a well, and do some renovations. As the project progressed they realized that it would be a better strategy to tear down the existing house and rebuild an entirely new house. The lot is very small, and with quite a bit of slope.
Due to the many permitting constraints on Stockbridge Bowl the new house was designed to fit exactly on the footprint of the existing house. By building a partial full basement and raising the house slightly, the new first floor is now on two levels. Though on the same footprint, the new house feels much larger and is more open.