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A fire pit visible from the interior and the pool area makes summertime night gatherings an outdoor affair.
Gotlieb's favorite part of the weekend home is the kitchen. She sized the island with wider dimensions to accommodate a number of cooks and handlers working at the same time.
The house sees its fair share of weekend and summer guests, so Gotlieb maximized the availability and functionality of public spaces. The most coveted lounging area in the house is the covered porch on the second floor, a lovely spot for watching the rain fall.
The windows have a great Underwriters Laboratories (UL) rating and are made just over the border in Canada by Loewen, which employs green practices, including recycling scrap wood. Gotlieb also used a natural spray-foam insulation in conjunction with a fresh-air return system to keep the house tight yet breathable; mold is never a problem.
The labor and materials that went into the house were local. "We looked into doing solar panels but ditched the idea after finding out we'd have to clear about 3 acres of trees — a lesson learned there," says Gotlieb. "Sometimes what seems green might not actually be the most responsible decision."
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