This five bedroom, 4-1/2 bath custom home was designed to look and feel like an old-fashioned Adirondack lodge home, with exposed hemlock beams, tongue and groove pine cathedral ceilings, and fieldstone fireplace.
One of the owners’ main goals was to incorporate strategies and materials that would make this home a leading example for how one of the greenest homes in the country, that approaches a net zero energy standard, could also be among the most luxurious. The home has earned multiple certifications and won numerous awards.
Green Builder magazine selected it as the outstanding home in the US for its “Best Use of Advanced Building Technology” for their 2010 Green Home of the Year Awards program. An article on the house was published in their December “Awards” issue.
- Open-style layout with great room open to a chef’s kitchen
- Master bedroom on main floor with en-suite bath
- Recycled red and white oak flooring
- Recycled white oak used to build custom kitchen cabinets
- Recycled glass countertops
- Hemlock beams inside and outside, sustainably sourced in Massachusetts
- Stained concrete floors with hot-water radiant heat
- Plaster finish on main floor walls
- Extensive stone veneer on exterior
- Siding is sustainably sourced white cedar shingles
- Roofing is recycled plastics made to look like slate
- Porch with stone fireplace and mechanized screens
- Large pool kept in the 80’s all summer with solar energy
Green Building Approaches:
- Foundation is a heavily insulated pre-cast concrete product manufactured off site
- Walls and roof are framed with 24” spacing and horizontal strapping to reduce thermal bridging
- Insulation is primarily water-blown spray foam.
- Solar hot water panels on the roof heat a 1,000 gallon water tank, which stores the heat and distributes it to heat the house and domestic water via both hydro air and radiant floors
- Any remaining heat required is provided by a pellet-fired boiler which operates automatically
- Solar photovoltaic panels are pole-mounted and supply almost all of the electricity used each year
- All lighting is either energy efficient LED or CFL
- Charging station for electric car
- Composting toilet in master bath
- Grey water system uses peat moss to recycle shower water for use in the toilets
- Extensive rain water harvesting for landscape irrigation
- Bio-swale and rain garden used for storm water management
- Extensive organic plantings with vegetable garden, orchard, and permaculture