A House That Nestles into its Natural Environment

This 2400 square foot house in Weston, Connecticut was designed by Specht Harpman Architects, the geniuses behind the incredibly loved Manhattan Micro Loft. Nestled into a valley near Saugatuck River, the Weston Residence blends right into the surrounding natural environment.


The house has a way of fitting right into the land it sits on, blurring the division of structure and environment.


The flat rooftops are covered with year-round plants, giving the home a fifth facade not often thought about. That facade plays a key role in the design as the road to the house begins on a cliff high above looking down onto the house.

The bedrooms were thoughtfully placed to overlook the roof gardens giving the feeling of being immersed in the surrounding greenery.


Two shades of neutral gray skin the exterior of the residence, keeping its presence low-key.



Glass is used throughout framing the lush green landscape beyond the structure. The fireplace floats in front of the floor-to-celing glass panels, as not to block the view.


No upper cabinets were used in the kitchen helping to keep the sight lines open. The ever-changing landscape is the only artwork needed for this house!






Photos by Taggart Sorensen.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.