Hilltop Gambrel Pool House

Newton, MA




Tre ffle LaFleche, AIA, LEED AP, Principal


Michael J. Lee Photography

This project evolved in two parts, first we designed a new, LEED for Homes (GOLD certified) traditional style family home in a historic neighborhood. The result was a sunny, elegant yet informal, home based on traditional shingle-style forms with a casual, but classic, interior. The home was carefully sited on its sloping corner lot, using stepped terraces to anchor the house as well as creating separate areas for the pool, yard and garage entrance. A four-season porch extends into the yard and frames a stone patio for outdoor dining and entertaining.

In a lot of ways, the entire estate is a pool house, a celebration of Southern California. The sections of the house zigzag at right angles, and the pool aligns with this geometry. Specifically, the major window openings on the first and second floor utilize a NanaWall opening glass wall that faces the pool.

Whether in the bedrooms, living room or kitchen, Sassaman and her family are connected to the palm trees, emerald grass, Pacific breezes or the expansive pool. To increase this sensation, Sassaman chose goldenrod finishes for the interior and exterior spaces.

“The Pool-Facing Folding Wall Seamlessly Allows for the Full Expansion of the Space From Inside to Outside – Perfect for This Active Family.”

The new clubhouse bookends the pool and terrace, extending the connection to the main house and adding additional entertaining space. With a full kitchen, indoor sitting room, changing area and laundry room as well as an outdoor terrace, the clubhouse can be the center of a range of activity, from sporting to socializing. The pool-facing folding wall seamlessly allows for the full expansion of the space from inside to outside – perfect for this active family.

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For this kitchen project the decision was to install a folding window/wall combination to give the homeowners the indoor/outdoor kitchen and entertainment area flexibility they desired.

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Honua Kai

Combined with a Screen Classic component, NanaWall systems successfully transforms the living space of each apartment into outdoor living space, while thoroughly resisting the worst of tropical weather systems when closed.

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“Our ambition as architects for this home was not simply to frame the view but to become one with the landscape. The NanaWall system achieved this in one elegant and dramatic gesture.” 

— Sandra Vlock, Principal, Arbonies King Vlock, Architect

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