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eBay House in Southborough, MA by Ruhl Walker Architects

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Article source: Ruhl Walker Architects

This husband and wife assumed they would never be able to afford the modern house of their dreams, but one day they discovered a surprisingly affordable lot and decided to see if they could do the impossible.  Many considered the heavily wooded lot ‘unbuildable’ because it was squeezed behind five suburban McMansions, it was dotted with granite outcroppings, and its irregular shape made it hard to imagine a conventional house; but the lot’s perceived ‘unbuildability’ made it affordable, and a small clearing at one end beckoned to the clients.

Front View (Image Courtesy Greg Permru)

  • Architects: Ruhl Walker Architects
  • Project: eBay House
  • Location: Southborough, MA
  • Size: 2,500 SF
  • Type of project: Affordable single-family house for a family of four
  • Cost: $150/SF
  • Contractor: Rick Fairfield, Fairfield Construction
  • Structural Engineer: Jack Martin
  • Photography: Greg Permru & Steve Ratner
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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