Pennsylvania House | Manchester Township, Pennsylvania

Project Info

A single family house is located in Pennsylvania, on a 40 acre woodland property with topography consisting of young forest, wetland and a meandering creek with steep cliff walls. The position of the house was carefully selected to allow for privacy and views, perched on a plateau overlooking the creek. The approach to the house winds along an old forestry road, then continues to the house site where a view of forest and creek unfolds. The plan is organized into three zones centered on a double high living room. The garage, kitchen, and master bedroom suite are located to the east, with the guest suite, play room and childrens’ bedrooms flanking the living room on the west. The living room opens to a terraced deck and pool.The design emphasizes sustainable energy use, materials and recyclability. The walls are super-insulated and airtight, clad with Richlite, a compressed paper material made of 100% recycled content. The house features a solar array on the roof, the lighting is primarily LEDs and energy-efficient appliances have been selected.

Project Team

Drew Lang, Principal
Thomas Wensing, Project Architect
Nu-Tech Energy Solutions, Passive House Consultant
Mike Norella, Contractor

Process

A 40 acre woodland property with topography consisting of young forest, wetland and a meandering creek with steep cliff walls. The position of the house was carefully selected to allow for privacy and views, perched on a plateau overlooking the creek. The approach to the house winds along an old forestry road, then continues to the house site where a view of forest and creek unfolds.