Combs Point Residence

Finger Lakes, New York

The residence at Combs Point is sited in a diverse natural world of glacial lake, deciduous and evergreen forest, valley and stream. It is both a center of activity and a quiet retreat for a family that treasures life on the lake.

From the fanning delta at the lake's edge, a delicate necklace of buildings stretches through a forested glen that leads to the waterfall at its head. An elevated boardwalk echoes the twisting course of the stream as it connects the buildings and eventually dissolves into a path leading to the falls.

Upstream, the guesthouse and office-exercise structures inhabit the narrow valley meadow with its forested edges. Downstream, the main building's large living space opens to a full view of the deep lake, broad sky and the weather.

Slipped into the site with a light touch, the residence and its outbuildings possess a transparency that reveals the richly varied qualities of this natural place.


2012 Award of Excellence
AIA New York State
2011 Design Award, One and Two Family Custom Residences Category
AIA Housing Award
2010 Design Award
Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards
2009 Honor Award for Design
AIA Pennsylvania
2009 Award of Excellence
AIA Northeastern Pennsylvania
2009 Special Award
Wood Design Awards
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