American Holly & Smith Architects are the ones who designed this remote retreat known as the Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm. Rising on the waterline in Hammond, Louisiana, this 1,250 square foot pond house overlooks relaxing waterviews. What more would someone want but sunkissed skin and crisp air?

Maybe just a pond house to rise like a beacon of light on the shores of a picturesque pond?

The fascinating Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm is a net zero energy retreat rising three stories up on a land that spreads over 15.5 acres in Southeast Louisiana. This fantastic pond house overlooks a peninsula of ten oak trees that stretch out into the middle of the pond. There are rare places like this that can be updated to mirror modern care for the land.

The facade consists of limestone textured stucco, opaque tongue and groove polycarbonate panels, and two transparent volumes that project out of the second floor blending the residence seamlessly into the landscape. Transparent surfaces reveal a heavy timber frame and also allow the building to become an observation tower offering views to much of the site. At night, the three-story volume comes alive as a glowing lantern emerging from the landscape magically illuminating the water.”

An outdoor area that strikes a cord with cooks that love good food is presented in photos by Marc Lamkin. The outdoor kitchen on the first floor offers a creative alternative to the kitchen on ground floor. Splendid space planning makes this home a transparent beacon that facilitates a freeying lifestyle. You get to choose where your next meal will be prepared and you can either serve it in the formal dining room on the first floor or out on the deck. Or by the fireplace. There’s one more place I’d see me having some fresh fish in a picnic basket: in a boat on the pond. Good thing this home has a dock in the doorstep. You can easily jump in a boat and cross over to the ten oak peninsula for a quick bite with friends.

The Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm is something many dream about, me included. The private areas on the third level include a master suite with an outdoor terrace overlooking the property. If this landscape doesn’t float your boat, I don’t know what can.

Customization was everything. Architects saw the potential of the site and engaged creative knowledge to ensure owners have plenty of space to unfold their activities.

A single-sloping roof sheds rainwater into the pond while also allowing maximum sun exposure for solar panels. The form juts out at a 14 degree angle towards the water and the roof sits perpendicular to the structure. This angle is carried through the house to create a striking contrast between elements such as the kitchen millwork and floor to ceiling windows in the living and dining room.”

Generating  instead of consuming energy, the Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm proves that luxury and energy-efficiencygo hand in hand:
The Pond House achieves net zero energy capability through active systems employing a high efficiency heating and cooling system, solar energy, spray foam insulation for a tight building envelope, energy star equipment, and LED lighting throughout. Along with utilizing active systems, the Pond House also features passive strategies to achieve a sustainable design through operable windows for cross ventilation, north-south building orientation, natural day lighting, shading strategies, reclaiming materials, landscaping designed for solar and wind changes through the seasons, and managing rainwater onsite.”