New Custom Residence and Garage

Hanover, NH

This client already had a sketch of a plan that a local artist had done for them…..but many things were not worked out, not to scale and some things just simply did not work. The client was having a hard time getting the Contractor to understand the changes that they wanted… they brought in KLG architecture to make the sketch into a viable home and produce the stamped plans needed to get a building permit.


Wants from the first meeting with the clients: Most not addressed in the Sketch we started with.

  • Covered Entry
  • Oversized Garage/ Look at solar potential
  • Equipment bay to the side of the garage so the garage would have room for the cars
  • Entry Area
  • Powder Room just off the Entry
  • Mudroom/ utility space close to the entry
  • Open Kitchen Plan with multiple seating options
  • Dining that is expandable for family gatherings but still functions day to day
  • Open two sided fire place
  • Family Room Beyond
  • Lots of windows for light and views
  • Kids TV Room
  • Master Suite with home office for the mom
  • Kids rooms upstairs
  • His and hers bathrooms
  • Open Bunk room/ playroom area……

Working with this family was a joy. They were fully invested in their new home. Parents, both teenagers and the family dogs were thought of when working through how the various areas interfaced with each other. Flow, First impacts, ease of use for their family and also when the larger family is around were worked through.

Connections between spaces but also to the outside were very important. What could have been a very utilitarian connection evolved into a welcoming minimalistic roof seeming to float between the house and garage. One that perfectly framed the stellar view down to the river beyond.


A farmer’s porch spills out to the treasured flower beds on the front of the house. On the rear, the west side, another covered porch beckons, ideal for enjoying sunsets in comfortable chairs. For early spring or when the bugs are being a pest, a screened porch provides sanctuary to retreat into and still enjoy the seclusion of the back yard.

The inside of the house was no less well thought out. Each interior view, niche, built-in piece of furniture was worked through until the flow and feel of the spaces were just right.