The goal for the project was to provide a functional, attractive, energy efficient residence with a home office component that the owner would not need to spend every weekend maintaining.
The owners’ wish list:
- Push the limits of new material a bit.
- Spacious Home Office w/ Public Space to Private Home transition.
- Built-ins, a Kitchen laid out with entertaining in mind, columns, nooks and a welcoming fireplace create the ideal home for this hard working engineer.
- Solar panels Heating and Electric
This New Hampshire residence was designed by KLG Architecture in conjunction with Bruss Construction of Bradford NH, the areas premiere green building experts. It was built from SIPS panels (Structural Insulated Panel System), roof and walls, allowing for a super insulated, tight envelope. The foundation was created from a prefabricated insulated system allowing for a more finished, insulated basement. The high quality, low maintenance windows and doors were chosen for their excellent thermal and light transmittance qualities. The house is facing due south for the solar harvesting but the owner chose to hold off for the next technology leap to happen.
Note: If the owner had opted to have the solar system rolled into her mortgage, she would have started saving money the instant the system was operational. This is not even taking into account the federal and utility incentives then available.