Unique barn / workshop and studio designed and built in Franklin County MA.
Building is insulated and heated to meet stretch code requirements pursuant to the MA building code.
A new contemporary cottage was designed and built to replace a 100 year old 3 season cottage. This two story home features 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, locally sourced millwork and walking distance to downtown Northampton and the Fitzgerald Conservation Area. The home surpasses the Massachusetts Stretch Code for energy efficiency.
This home was designed by Don Simms in collaboration with the Owners and features 10’ high ceilings on two levels of open space living. Features include large windows, locally sourced millwork, a private sleeping loft and a large timber frame 3 season porch. This home surpasses the Massachusetts Stretch Code for energy efficiency.
The parameters for this home were established as the house design utilizes an existing foundation and incorporates conventional framing techniques with timber frame elements. The functional cupola is a private reading room with 360 degree views. The floor plan features a master bedroom suite with a sitting area on the first level and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second level. An open walkway leads to the cupola from the second level.
The single family contemporary tree house was designed by Don Simms in Northfield, MA. The house features magnificent 50 mile views and is setback from the road for maximum privacy. The eclectic design emphasizes the use of local building materials.
This is the new proposed office / workshop designed in collaboration with a local non profit land trust organization in Athol, MA. The new building will be situated adjacent to their existing offices. The building will incorporate local building materials, a hybrid timber frame construction and a photovoltaic array generating the electrical requirement for both office buildings. The space will serve as a meeting place for the Board of Directors, additional office space and a library.
This single family will be constructed in Shelburne and features three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms / laundry room and an open floor plan, with a walk out lower level. The design features advanced framing technology and surpasses energy efficiency performance standards pursuant to the Massachusetts building code.
Don Simms designed this new home in collaboration with the owner. The home was built on an old house site overlooking 200 plus beautiful Vermont acres. The home design considers an aging in place single floor living space, super insulation to meet Efficiency Vermont standards and has a very efficient multiple zoned radiant heating system