Inspired by the natural simplicity of a traditional farmhouse, our clients approached LDa with the challenge of building a highly sustainable home in a rustic, farmhouse style. Built along the Assabet River, the home is defined by a combination of simple forms that celebrate the views of the river and carefully carve out a secluded place in the woods. A car court is framed by the south facing main house and the connected garage, both structures utilizing simple gabled forms painted white with traditional fieldstone ends.
The interior of the home efficiently accommodates a contemporary lifestyle. The kitchen, breakfast area and family room act as a central armature for daily activity, separating the more formal and private living spaces from the service areas of the home such as the mudroom, laundry and garage. Connections to the outdoor areas of the house include a generous screened porch and patio access from the kitchen, family room and main entry.
Meeting the client’s sustainable goals of near net-zero energy use, a highly efficient building envelope and sustainable building materials were employed to earn a LEED Silver certification as part of the LEED for Homes program. Sustainable features include insulated concrete forms (ICFs) for the foundation, structural insulated panels (SIPs) for walls, 24” o.c. wood truss roof framing with 24” of spray foam insulation, low-E double-glazed windows, geothermal HVAC system, stand-alone heat/recovery/ventilation (HRV) system, 11.5kw photovoltaic (PV) array, superior daylighting, excellent natural ventilation, numerous indoor air quality measures and drought/flood resistant landscaping. The home has a HERS rating of 11 which is very close to a zero-net-energy home.
Architect: LDa Architecture & Interiors
Builder: Bay Point Construction
Landscape Architect: SiteCreative Landscape Architects
Photographer: Greg Premru Photography
2014 Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston, Best Energy Efficient Project - Gold; 2014 Custom Home Magazine, Green Custom Home Winner
LEED for Homes, Silver