Set into a mature Boston area neighborhood, this sophisticated home offers efficient use of space, expression through form, reserved material finishes, and myriad of green features.
Designed to accommodate two or three family generations, paired living spaces on the first and second levels are architecturally expressed on the front facade by window systems that wrap the corners of the house.
The home includes both modern form and palette of materials, using durable cedar and through-colored fiber cement siding. The street side offers permeable auto parking with an electric charging station, while at the home's entrance, an acrylic overhang shelters foot traffic from rain. The glazed entry door opens into the family foyer, also with access to the rear outdoor living space.
An open stair with acrylic treads and glass rails winds from the basement to the third floor, channeling natural light down through the home and connecting all the levels.
The first floor kitchen continues into to the first floor living and dining space with a grand piano and wall of south facing glass. A master suite and private ‘home office for two’ completes the level.
LEVELS TWO & THREE
The second floor includes another open concept living, dining, and kitchen space, with kitchen sink views over the green roof. A full bath, bedroom and reading nook are perfect for the children. The third floor provides the second master suite, with separate sink and wardrobe area, plus access to the private roofdeck and second green roof.
This super insulated home features air-tight construction, continuous exterior insulation, and well-insulated, triple-glazed windows. (R65 roof, R37 walls, R22 slab, 1.0ACH50) The walls and basement feature foam-free cavity & exterior insulation, using cellulose, mineral wool, and Foamglas. On the rooftop, a solar electric system helps offset energy consumption.
Cisterns capture nearly all the stormwater from the site and roof surfaces, and connect to a drip irrigation system to irrigate the landscape. Inside the home, consumption is limited with high efficiency water fixtures and appliances.
Builder: Matt Ayers, Aedi Construction Architect: Stephanie T. Horowitz AIA, ZeroEnergy Design
Alternative Building Systems:
Appliances: Wolf, Sub-Zero, Miele, Bosch
Cabinets, Shelves, Millwork: Bulthaup
Building Envelope: Foamglas, dense pack cellulose, mineral wool for foam-free super-insulation in walls and basement
Automotive: Electric car charger
Countertops: Bulthaup, Caesarstone
Exterior Finishes: Through-colored fiber cement, cedar, Cor-Ten steel
Flooring: Vermont Plank Flooring
Home Controls: Lutron, Lutron Grafik Eye, Nest
Insulation: Foamglas, dense pack cellulose, mineral wool for foam-free super-insulation in walls and basement
Lighting: LIGHTOLIER, VIBIA, REZEK, HUNZA, BEGA, MUNDO
Paints and Stains: Rubio MonoCoat
Plumbing/Plumbing Fixtures: Bulthaup, Grohe, Blanco, Jado, Dornbracht, Toto, Maxx, Kohler
Renewable Energy Systems (solar, wind, etc.): Canadian Solar, Enphase Energy
Specialty Products: Green roof by GardenScapes
Water Heating: Lochinvar boiler, Superstor indirect tank for hot water storage
Window Coverings: Lutron
Windows/Skylights/Patio Doors: Schuco