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They completed construction around New Year's Day 2012, a great time of year to test how the energy-efficient elements stood up to the cold Maine winters. The envelope is very tight. "Insulation is key, especially in the attic," says Matero. "Houses lose most of their heat through the roof during the cold months. The walls, roof and basement were thoroughly insulated to LEED certification standards." This also means bringing in fresh air mechanically through a Rinnai air handler.
Matero used low-maintenance and durable materials such as a metal roof and fiber cement siding. The facade is broken up by board and batten accents.
"The galvalume roof changes from grays to blues. It's very organic. It looks like metal but reflects the color of the sky," says Matero.
The large, contemporary open floor plan on the first floor incorporates dining room space plus the kitchen and living room spaces, and the south-facing orientation allows for all of this warm winter light. Conversely, the mudroom, the powder room and the laundry room were placed on the north side, as they don't need the light as much.
Tip: When planning a kitchen, think hard about how many upper cabinets you really need. In this case, the kitchen gains more light and views by sacrificing extra cabinets for a large window over the sink.
The right side of the island incorporates more salvaged barn wood.
Buttery yellow walls, a butcher block–topped island and maple cabinets with a milk wash on their facings keep things even sunnier in the kitchen. The island incorporates lots of room for extra storage, eliminating the need for many upper cabinets.
"The windows are a combination of stationary and casements, because they are better performing than double-hung windows," says Matero.
The master bedroom gets the early-morning sun and the eastern moon's shine. "I love to push a window all the way to a corner," says Matero. "It casts shadows that make different shades of blue all around the room and makes it look larger."
The owners "were so great to work with," he says. "They love promoting the architecture, and everyone who visits the house is very interested in the technology and how it all works — everyone who stops by really enjoys the house."
Carpet: Kraus Flooring, Green Choice Collection
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