This coastal residence was designed and constructed with great attention to the incorporation of sustainable systems, technologies, materials and strategies. These issues were addressed first philosophically and then in a very detailed manner, and the discussion rigorously permeated every decision throughout the design process. This started with broad issues such as building siting strategies and continued through to specific decisions regarding sourcing of timber, use of recycled materials, discovery of alternatives to commonly used toxic components, and establishment of a photovoltaic power source. In the end, the goal was to create a model in which the architectural expression – the form of the house – was independent of the sustainability strategies integrated into it: a house at home with the context of mid-coast Maine, and with the developing knowledge base around building responsibly.
General Contractor: Cold Mountain Builders
Structural Engineer: Becker Structural
Mechanical Engineer: Vonden M. Sleight, P.E.
Lighting Design: Peter Knuppel
Landscape Design: Mohr & Seredin Landscape Architects
Photography by Brian Vanden Brink