Near Merezerocomments (0) July 16th, 2012 in Project Gallery, 2013 HOUSES Awards Gallery Pin It
Built in the 1970's the existing house had an unusual and eclectic character that the current owners loved, including a wide variety of recycled doors, windows, interior finishes, and an exposed post & beam barn structure. Despite the perfect south-facing orientation, however, the existing house provided low thermal comfort and high utility bills. The interior was gloomy and cut off from the surrounding garden and fields of the ten-acre property. The basement was awash with water and silt after every heavy rain. A beautiful private pond was virtually invisible from most living and bedroom spaces. A separate guest house/ studio, built in the 1990's, far from the main house, greatly disrupted natural ground water flows across much of the site.
A deep energy retrofit - to drastically reduce energy needs, with Net Zero as the goal. New windows and dormers - to greatly improve the relationship of the house to the south and the pond. New doors and porches - to open the house to a variety of exterior spaces. Reduce space needs and combine functions - to reduce the overall building footprint. Relocate the existing guest house/studio building and driveway - to improve ground water flows.
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