Located on a small corner lot, this Newton residence sensitively interlaces interior privacy with openness to the exterior. Utilizing a very compact footprint, a feeling of spaciousness was achieved via a central core element which functions as structure, storage and definer of spaces. The open circulation and walnut-clad finishes offer a nod to mid-century modern designs. All of this is presented together within a super energy efficient package.
HERS Index Rating
76% More Energy Efficient
than a 2004 Reference Home
Energy Star Rating
The first-floor was designed to function at a high-level ergonomically for everyday activities as well as during party time.
An electrically operated clerestory window is situated above the open stairwell to pull fresh-air up through the home like a chimney; effectively ventilating the entire home.
Renewable Energy = solar electric + hot water.
Constant Fresh Air = passive ventilation + HRV (heat recovery ventilator).
Precise Engineered Mechanical Systems = heating + air-conditioning + ductwork sizing.
Energy Efficient Products = appliances + lighting + plumbing.
Durable Materials = lower lifetime maintenance/cost.
Super-Efficient Envelope = super tight construction + effective insulation + high performance windows/doors.
Deconstruction (in-lieu-of demolition/landfill) = harvested materials from existing expired home and donated them for resale, reuse and tax credits.
Photography: Kent Dayton