Serene hillside home with sweeping views of New Hampshire countryside


This serene hillside home was designed by Smith & Vansant Architects and built by O’Hara & Gercke, located in Hanover, New Hampshire. The scope of this project entails a renovation/addition to a two-story home with a finished basement.

Originally from New York, this family of four opted to step away from city life to enjoy the tranquility of a home in the woods with wonderful views. The poorly finished home was set on a steeply sloping site that had neither a connection with nature nor the NYC loft feeling the family loved.

The architects removed the long central portion of the house and rebuilt it to make a striking Great Room with soaring ceilings and spare contemporary detailing. Views from arrays of large glazing became constantly changing artworks, framed by the dark hardwood trim against serene white interiors.

What We Love: This serene hillside home offers a relaxed lifestyle that this family of four was looking for. The shingle-style exterior has helped to unify the new construction with the awkwardly proportioned remnants of the existing house, while also melding this home into its environment. We are especially loving the screened porch, with its casual vibe and fabulous views.

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on this project? If this were your home, would you change any details or is it perfect just the way it is? Please give us your feedback in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of the most popular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Smith & Vansant Architects: Antique cape style house gets charming makeover in New England and Home Tour: Shingle-style home in New Hampshire with inviting touches.


Above: The range is a 6 burner, 36″ gas range top from Wolf. The hood is a 42″ wall mount with telescopic flue from Best by Broan. The backsplash is stainless steel.


Above: The hood is the K42 “Best” Range hood by Broan with a telescoping extension for tall ceilings with an internal blower sized to accommodate the BTU output of the range.


Above: The pendants above the kitchen island are the Costa pendant from Simon Pearce. The Cumaru wood countertop is finished with Millie’s All-Purpose Penetrating Tung Oil by Sutherland & Wells.


Above: Dining Room Dimensions: 17′-0″ wide x 12′-6″ deep.


Above: The sconces are from Urban Electric – the Antique Rectangle sconce with a blackened copper finish and seeded glass.


Above: The living room is 23′-0″ wide x 21′-0″ deep, while space within the columns is 12 feet six inches.


Above: On the ceiling, the track lighting from Juno with model #R551 track heads in white. The flooring is 3-1/4” Cumaru, FSC Certified, stained (dark brown). Finish by Boni-Kemi with a Satin sheen.



Above: The island countertop is “Absolute Black” granite, while the faucet is the Easton Classic by Waterworks, model # EAKM02-K in polished chrome. Kitchen Dimensions: 13′-8″ wide x 23′-3″ deep.


Above: The stairs are FSC certified Cumaru which has a naturally dark tone. It was finished with Boni-Kemi satin finish. 




Above: The vanity countertop is Carrera Marble from Barre Tile and the backsplash is Carrera Marble from Walker Zanger. Faucets are the Monterey widespread lavatory set with lever handles by California Faucets in Polished Chrome finish. The sconces are Murray Feiss MF VS9402 Gravity Wrought Iron 2 Light 13″ Wide Bathroom Vanity Light.


A long raised porch was added to the West side of the house, so that life can flow easily outwards from the Great Room. Even on buggy days and cool nights, the family wanted to grill and relax outdoors, so there is an expansive screen porch with a wood stove and grill, overlooking the panorama of the Connecticut River Valley.


Above: The trim color of this screened porch is #1587 Gibraltar Cliffs in low luster by Benjamin Moore. The hood system is the WPD29M Outdoor Pro Hood from Best by Broan, with a 900 ccm EB9 rooftop external blower.


Above: The outdoor furnishings are from Restoration hardware – Carmel Painted Metal Collection, bronze finish.


Above: This screened porch features a woodstove for warmth — the Shaker with Short Bench available in the US from Wittus-Fire by Design.

Above: The window manufacturer used in this project is LePage Windows, however, the architects recommend using Marvin Clad Ultimate series instead.

Above: The roof shingles are Certainteed Landmark Premium “Weathered Wood” (not “enhanced color”). The Metal standing seam roof is Englert’s “Dark Bronze.” The house color is a custom Cabot mix using Pepperwood and Beechwood Gray stains on White cedar shingles. The door is a custom match to the Lepage window cladding color “Wood Country Red.”

Above: The siding and trim of this serene hillside home were primed with Cabot Problem Solver primer, then Benjamin Moore (Low-Luster) exterior acrylic paint, #1537, river gorge gray was applied.

Photos: Rob Karosis Photography 

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