Meet the Design/Build team
A high-performance house like the FHB House requires the collaboration of a talented team. We’ve pulled together an exceptionally well-qualified group to ensure excellent design and quality craftsmanship. The designer and builder were enlisted from the ranks of Fine Homebuilding contributors. Michael Maines and Mike Guertin have a longstanding history with the magazine and have generated numerous articles and videos based on best practices in building and design. For this Rhode Island project, we secured the interior-design help of Pamela Unwin-Barkley of the Rhode Island School of Design. These key team members are supported by a roster of industry experts to help make the FHB House project as successful and educational as possible.
After earning a degree in architectural engineering, Michael Maines made fine furniture and worked as a carpenter and project manager before focusing on his talent for guiding clients through the design process. Now Michael is a residential designer and a certified Passive House designer/consultant specializing in energy-efficient new homes, sensitive renovations, and custom kitchens. michaelmaines.com
A homebuilder, remodeler, and deck builder, Mike Guertin has written over a hundred articles and participated in dozens of articles since he first contributed to the magazine in 1996. It takes Mike a little longer to construct a house than most builders because he tackles almost every aspect himself, from foundation to finish. There are only a few tasks that he and his brother, Bruce, delegate to others. mikeguertin.com
Pamela Unwin-Barkley is the founder of Greenwich Bay Design, based in East Greenwich, R.I. She received her bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Kentucky and her masters of architecture from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Helen Fagan Tyler Fellowship. In addition to her residential-design practice, Pam is a senior critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. greenwichbaydesign.com
Support Team: Alexander Lehnen, associate designer • Bruce Guertin, carpenter • Paul Becker, structural engineer, beckerstructural.com • Rob Sherwood, HVAC consultant • Sonia Barrantes, mechanical engineer/energy consultant • Michael Haynes, CTE teacher, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center
Photos, from top to bottom: courtesy of Michael Maines; courtesy of Mike Guertin; courtesy of Bernard Photography.
This article is part of the FHB House series.