We designed this energy efficient home as a year-round dwelling for a couple and their guests: parents, friends, and the children who would come in tow. This is a “view house”, meaning the major public spaces make the most of the water view available to the west. The house is laid out with back rooms to the east: bathrooms, closets, utility rooms. This lets the public places all face west.
The energy efficiency of traditional stick-built houses is not very good. Maine is in climate zone 6B. Energy codes no longer accept 2×6 stud walls with batt insulation in this climate. An energy efficient home must do better. We decided on a novel blend of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for walls and the roof. ICFs and SIPs both provide high R values and low air infiltration. The house is incredibly tight. Fuel use is very low.
We had the chance to design and construct architectural concrete elements, including countertops and a raised hearth for a wood stove. The raised hearth was built as a single, monolithic pour of pigmented concrete. These provided opportunities to instill a real sense of custom craftsmanship to the home.
The roof trusses in the living room have a top chord made of engineered lumber sheathed in oak lumber. The bottom chords are stainless steel flat bars.
Light fixtures are from commercial manufacturers, contributing to the feel of durability and substance in the house.