ZeroEnergy Design has designed the English Residence, located in the town of Orleans, Massachusetts.
Here’s some description by ZeroEnergy Design:
The client’s parents each followed the academic calendar enabling them to spend summers on the cape in rental home. Being conservation oriented, they planned to tread lightly on the property – imagining self sufficiency and living with the land in the simple, modern structure they would eventually commission.
The new home offers year round living and continues the legacy of a modern artistic home, treading lightly and focusing on the outdoor environment. New features include the clean, green feeling throughout the house, healthy indoor air quality, very comfortable and stable temperatures from the radiant floors, and exceptional energy performance with renewable energy systems. And, the artist family members immediately felt that the new home’s bright red, orange, and cedar colors really ‘made the house’.
The master bedroom features views of the lake through the trees, an open style walk-in closet, and a full bathroom with a double length sink and a deep soaking tub. Awning and casement windows on opposite sides of the bed, two at floor level and one near the ceiling, encourage passive ventilation with cool air on hot summer nights.
The construction of the home features specialized hurricane-resistant structural reinforcement and windows for coastal storm conditions, spray foam insulation in the wall cavities, rigid foam to eliminate thermal bridging, and a mix of fiber cement and cedar siding on the exterior for long term durability and low maintenance. Flooring finishes consist of rapidly renewable bamboo in the living areas, travertine tile at the entries, and recycled glass tile in the bathrooms, and FSC certified Garapa decking on the porch & roofdeck.