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March 2016
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Topic of the Month: Bucolic Living in a Small Home in MA

Architectural Firm of the Month: TMS Architects

Helpful Links for Architects     

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Photograph Copyright TMS Architects

For over three decades, TMS Architects, based in Portsmouth, NH, has been designing projects in New Hampshire, throughout New England and beyond. The firm's mission is to embrace the clients' visions and translate them into buildings that are beautiful, functional and sensitive to their environment.
TMS has developed a significant and diverse portfolio over the past decades with work in custom residential, finance, hospitality and corporate/commercial fields. Historic preservation is an important part of TMS's work and the firm has been active in many prominent restorations. TMS Architects has received numerous awards for excellence of design since the firm was founded in 1984.

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Photographs Copyright TMS Architects

In recent years there has been a trend and even what some might call a movement toward living more simply and economically in what is called a 'small house'.  One such home built by TMS Architects was designed for a clergyman who wanted a rural retreat "for contemplation and reflection". The 950 square foot house "is part of a cluster of cottages that have been built on the site of a 100-acre New England monastery in West Newbury, Massachusetts."
According to the Small House Society, there are many advantages to living in a smaller space. "People who live in smaller living spaces generally own fewer possessions, consume less, and have lower utility bills. Smaller homes cost much less to purchase, maintain, and live in. Construction of smaller homes can utilize more efficient, natural, healthy, high-quality materials that might not be affordable in a larger dwelling. All of these benefits result in healthier, more cost effective living, and a better environment."

The bishop's house designed by TMS Architects was built on a grassy hillside and according to architects, "the siting of the building was of prime importance to best view the field, pasture, birch forest and river beyond. Large windows bring nature indoors and maximize light and views."

The design "echoes the agrarian form evocative of New England barns. The building holds the cleric's living quarters as well as a fully equipped pottery studio where he is able to work for relaxation."

"The architect began with an L-shaped plan and positioned the skylight studio to the east. The south-facing living room opens to a simple kitchen with a loft above. This loft allowed for the creation of a twenty-three foot high cathedral ceiling in the living room which provides for a dramatic light filled space. A three-season porch facing west is another space for the homeowner to enjoy the views. Although porches are not standard in New England farmhouses, one was included in this design as a link between the outdoors and the indoor spaces. The screens are a necessity in this location and can easily convert from screens to glass as required for the changing seasons."

"Materials used throughout echo the simplicity of design. The exterior siding is white barn board, the floors are made from local white pine and ordinary composite shingles protect the roof. The barn motif is continued on the outside with standard barn doors that slide together for privacy. Even with the doors closed, light floods the space from the upper story clerestory windows."

According to the architects at TMS, "this simple residence is a glowing example of what can be achieved when the client, the architect and the builder all share the same vision."

The project won an AIANH Award of Excellence and a Builders Choice Grand Award.

            Photograph Copyright TMS Architects

Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
For more information visit:

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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
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