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Context

This waterfront property abuts The Maine Audubon, affording privacy and rich, textural views to the west, and sits as the last lot on the street in a close-knit Falmouth neighborhood. The clients were looking for a fresh take on a more traditional home, which strove for a very high level of comfort, durability and sustainability on a limited budget.

Response

The design uses traditional, simple forms with thoughtfully placed windows and overhangs to take advantage of the views and to create a livable, open and modest plan. The home is constructed with double-thick walls, triple glazed windows, and a well-insulated, radiant slab, including innovative detailing throughout. The increased level of performance created by this building system, along with solar tubes on the roof, will allow the occupants to significantly downsize their mechanical system and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels at a cost of less than $175 per square foot (excluding garage/porch).

In Town

This building is located within walking distance to a variety of shops and services. The proximity of this site to existing development makes it a more favorable and environmentally considerate place to build.

Renewable Materials

Many of the materials used in this home are made from recycled content, are environmentally friendly or come from local sources.

Water Conservation

Plumbing fixtures have been installed that use significantly less water than typical fixtures. Other features that may be included are rain barrels or gray water collectors for water reuse.

Budget / Economy

Measures were taken to optimize the materials, structure and space within, with the specific goal of meeting the client's budget, which was moderately to significantly less than that of a typical custom home.

Energy Efficient

This house uses strategies such as increased insulation, reduced thermal bridging, higher-performing windows and doors and air-tight construction, along with reliable ventilation strategies, to increase comfort, reduce the size of the mechanical system, and significantly reduce heating and cooling costs.

Renewable Power

This house employs renewable energy technology in order to reduce energy costs, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and decrease its carbon footprint. These technologies may include solar tubes for domestic hot water and heat, photovoltaic panels for solar electric, wind power, or geothermal wells.

Award Winning

This project is certified LEED Platinum status by the U.S. Green Building Council and was also featured in The Journal of Light Construction.