This coastal New England home acts as a private vacation spot for the homeowners. With a colorful gable and a striking interior, it’s hard to imagine this couple doesn’t live here year round.
The structure (a project of ZeroEnergy Design) is also a Passive House, and uses about one tenth of the energy a conventional home uses. The owners had seen their fair share of leaky, inefficient homes, and were adamant about creating and maintaining a healthy home. So they emphasized a desire for features like a very small heating system, reinforced by super-insulated walls, air sealing, high performance windows, and solar gain. This combination keeps the 1,200-square-foot home at a consistently comfortable temperature.
The size of the house was ideal for the family’s vacation needs, and the use of the space is remarkable. There are two bedrooms, two baths, a children’s play loft accessible through a ladder, a dining/kitchen area, and an airy family room. There’s even a spot to relax outside on the patio and take in the landscape.
The aesthetic inside is perfectly aligned with the straightforwardness of the home. The striking red gable on the exterior is mirrored in the living room and kitchen, and adds to a spirited atmosphere. The white walls make the understated color palettes pop, and the rush of sunlight in each room is never unwelcome. The entirety of this home gives off a minimalist vibe, without ever being boring.
Photo credit: Greg Premru