This Old House Visits John Gordon, AIA in Bucksport, Maine.
melavilla. bucksport, maine.
This small house is situated at the southwest corner of gently sloping 5 acre field with views to the Penobscot River. Melavilla was designed to provide independent living for a 23 year old C6/C7 quadriplegic. Creative use of commonly available natural, durable and affordable materials provide reasonable initial cost and minimal long-term maintenance. Simple detailing is employed, but not at the cost of texture and depth.
INDEPENDENT LIVING • Throughout the house are responsive details that make this house eminently livable. Ergonomic solutions that address the client's specific physical disabilities are utilized at task-intensive areas such as the kitchen, laundry and bathroom. Custom cabinetry specifically designed to optimize Jessica’s physical abilities provides extremely high level of function and self-sufficiency.
GREEN DESIGN • Environmental responsibility at Melavilla occurs on all levels of design and construction. Site impact is minimized. The house is a smart-sized, “not-so-big” house capable of meeting the client's needs for a lifetime. More specific “green” strategies include a well-insulated building envelope (R50 roof/R24 walls), Energy Star rated appliances, low water consumption plumbing fixtures, low-E, argon filled Marvin windows and doors, and comprehensive construction waste management during construction.
Melavilla has provided more than simple shelter for its owner/occupant. The client has developed independence and a passion for living to be envied by most able-bodied people. She credits her living environment for providing the security and comfort to do so.