Design-Build Home Architect Firm Puts 8-Ton Chimney Cap On Unique New Hampshire Home

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On December 8th 2005, an expert rigger and crane operator oh-so-carefully lowered an 8-ton granite chimney cap onto an extraordinary new custom luxury home in New Durham, New Hampshire.

What may be the world’s largest residential chimney cap was set on an already massive 144-ton chimney, the centerpiece of a one-of-a-kind timber and stone design-build home on Merrymeeting Lake.

Roger Nold, the chief architect and principal of Noldesign, a design-build architect company, has a passion for designing and building custom luxury homes that incorporate massive natural elements. For each custom home design plan, he sends his team of stone and timber experts into the forests of Northern New England to find giant boulders, entire trees or 8-ton granite stones that become the signature elements of each custom built home.

When asked about the use of such unusual materials in his design Nold said, “When a client wants their weekend, or second home to provide retreat and renewal far from their primary home – this distance is not measured just in miles, but in the emotions their home evokes. We use as-found materials – mountain stone as it was sheared by ice from the mountain’s face, giant boulders as they lay where glaciers left them, and not just logs, but full, unshaped trees - to take our clients into a physical and emotional place far beyond their everyday environment – to make them feel at home on this planet in a way that is breathtaking and primal in its directness.”

This is the seventh design-build project home Nold, a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, has designed and built on Merrymeeting Lake. Each of these design-build projects resulting in a unique custom luxury home tailored to the needs of the client and seamlessly integrated with the characteristics of the site.

You can expect to see smoke billowing from this awe-inspiring chimney sometime this spring when the owners, warm and sheltered from the storm, will begin enjoying the beauty of Merrymeeting Lake. For more information about Noldesign LLC, visit

About Noldesign:

Noldesign is a quality custom home design-build architect firm located in Hampton, NH. Utilizing construction project management and custom luxury home design plans, architect-builder Noldesign designs and builds using natural raw materials to design innovative homes. Contact:

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