Sustainable Suburban Design Competition || Keene, NH

Two Competitions: Sustainable Home Renovation & Suburban Backyard Homestead

Background Information

The property on which the competitions focus is 21 Stanhope Avenue in Keene, New Hampshire.

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Context 

Keene is in southwestern New Hampshire, in the watershed of the Ashuelot River, a tributary of the Connecticut River. Keene’s elevation is around 500 feet above sea level and the area falls within USDA hardiness zone 6. The city’s population is around 24,000. Keene is home to two colleges, Keene State College and Antioch University of New England.

21 Stanhope is in a suburban neighborhood that was formerly an apple orchard. The neighborhood is zoned as “Low Density,” explained here and here (“Low Density” is LD).

Property

21 Stanhope is about 0.8 acres. The property has a long rectangular shape, with boundaries approximately 125′ x 300′. The house sits near the road and is aligned with it, facing northwest.

The land is relatively flat, sloping down very slightly toward the east. Soil on the site is loamy sand, classified as Caesar loamy sand. Wooden and chain link fences run along most of the western side of the property. Much of the property is currently quite open, with large vegetation and structures making up a portion of the site–the house and shed in the north, a line of deciduous trees along the southwestern fence line, a stand of white pines along the southeastern edge of the property, and three apple trees southeast of the house. Throughout the yard, there is a lawn composed primarily of grasses, strawberry, dandelion, yarrow, mosses, cinquefoil, and clover. These plants thrive throughout the property except underneath the white pine trees, where little is growing. There is also a lilac to the west of the house, a winged euonymus to the west of the neighbors’ shed, and a row of yucca, possibly Yucca filamentosa, to the west of the white pines.

Existing Conditions v1

House and yard looking from the northwest

House and yard looking from the NW

House looking from: 1) northeast, 2) east, 3) south, and 4) west.

House looking from: 1) NE, 2) E, 3) S, and 4) W

Garage: 1) looking from west, 2) looking along western side from south, 3) looking along eastern side from north

Garage: looking from W, looking along western side from S, and looking along eastern side from N

Driveway looking from N

Driveway, garage, eastern side of house, and eastern neighbors’ house & garage, looking from N

Inside garage

Inside garage

NW corner of property, eastern side of house, lilac, neighbors' tree, & neighbors to the NW

NW corner of property, eastern side of house, lilac, neighbors’ tree, & neighbors to the NW

House and yard looking from the southeast

House and yard looking from SE

Looking from the W: three apple trees, eastern neighbors' garage & shed, and concrete pad (metal shed frame has been removed)

Looking from the W: three apple trees, eastern neighbors’ garage & shed, and concrete pad (metal shed frame has been removed)

Southernmost apple tree, white pine stand, and SW corner of property, looking from N

Southernmost apple tree, white pine stand, and SW corner of property, looking from N

SW corner of property, looking from NE

SW corner of property, looking from NE

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Two northern apple trees, looking from N; tree and thicket in SW corner of property

White pine stand, looking from N

White pine stand, looking from N

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White pines & neighbors’ shed, garage, & house, looking from SW

House 

The house is gutted, with internal walls intact to varying degrees. It appears that parts of the upstairs were burned at some time in the past.

The space under the staircase is part of the bathroom.

The second floor measures 20′ 2″ (north and south walls) by 29′ 5″ (east and west walls) at floor height. All three dormers measure 5′ 6″ wide.

The foundation matches the shape of the ground floor, except that there is no foundation under the porch.

First floor plan v1

Porch

Porch

A downstairs room

A downstairs room

Another downstairs room

Another downstairs room

Another downstairs room

Another downstairs room

Indoor views, including back door, SW corner, front door, view of garage, view of white pines

Indoor views, including back door, SW corner, front door, view of garage, view of white pines

Left and middle: looking into bathroom. Right: bathroom closet & space under stairs.

Left and middle: looking into bathroom. Right: bathroom closet & space under stairs.

Staircase, platform at top of stairs, and view from N dormer across Stanhope Ave.

Staircase, platform at top of stairs, and view from N dormer across Stanhope Ave.

Upstairs corner and a dormer.

Upstairs corners and a dormer

Upstairs views from the top of the stairs

Upstairs views from the top of the stairs

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