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Passive House Retreat

This vacation residence located in a beautiful ocean community on the New England coast features high performance and creative use of space in a small package. ZED designed the simple, gable-roofed structure and proposed the Passive House standard. The resulting home consumes only one-tenth of the energy for heating compared to a similar new home built only to code requirements.

Architecture | ZeroEnergy Design
Construction | Aedi Construction
Photos | Greg Premru Photography

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sabrinahitch wrote:
How is the concrete floor protected from stains? Is there a special le - Epoxy?
   Comment   August 17, 2014
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Consider using a concrete sealant - there are many on the market. Here's one example:
August 18, 2014 at 5:39AM   
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Connie Paola wrote:
I would like to know where did you get the table from????
   Comment   July 31, 2014
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The table has been in the homeowner's family for years. Try searching for "trestle table" online and you should find many options and variations.
August 1, 2014 at 9:58AM   
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g_nidlinger wrote:
Paint color? Thank you
   Comment   July 10, 2013
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The interior white wall color is simply Benjamin Moore 'ben' Base 1 W625 (interior flat latex) with green promise.
July 10, 2013 at 9:24AM     
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murfon72 wrote:
Window - What type of windows are these?
   Comment   May 25, 2013
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Windows are triple pane from Schuco USA.
May 28, 2013 at 5:18AM   
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jimp36 wrote:
Table size bench size - What are the dimensions of the bench and table?
   Comment   February 28, 2013
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The nook with built-in bench is approximately 13 feet wide. Accurate table measurements are not currently available.
March 4, 2013 at 6:30AM   
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masonj wrote:
Where is the table from?
   Comment   October 21, 2012
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This is stunning. I love the mixed chairs and built in banquette and window. Thank you for sharing
October 8, 2013 at 2:28PM   
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Many thanks for the complement....
October 9, 2013 at 5:00AM   
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jacobbearden wrote:
what is the finished ceiling height of the bump out?
   Comment   April 21, 2014

What Houzz contributors are saying:

"The dining room table from their former family home is the one piece my clients wanted me to design around," says Horowitz. She tucked a built-in banquette in a small bay, providing an ample dining space that doesn't encroach upon the main living room. The traditional trestle table, contemporary chairs and gooseneck barn sconce give the room a touch of modern farmhouse style.Chairs: Family Chairs, Addo Novo and Swag Leg Chair, Herman Miller; sconce: Barn Light Electric
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Everything especially table and bench and different chairs.
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breakfast nook
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Dining Room - recessed built in bench? Offset...
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Vases on the table in a row
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Placement of table with window!
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Hate it!
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Pillows in corner...can be used to support back if needed. Nice to change out every once in a while
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Dining area
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Houzz Tour: Bright, Sun-Warmed New England Getaway Passive design makes the most of the sun; the house is oriented so that specially glazed, high-performance windows face south. With a tight envelope, the house is very well insulated and doesn't leak heat. However, the most important aspect of successful architecture is always livability, which in this case meant creating a comfortable house that took advantage of landscape views and was sized appropriately.
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maybe build builtin seats on one side
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nice light
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Kitchen table with windows. The bench built in might not be the best fit for us.
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bench - drawers underneath for odd storage items - crock pot, holiday dishes, servers? Table has interesting leg and support - easier to get in and out; concrete floors - table has rollers to move easily on surface?
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booth seat
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build in banquet
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pwede ito sa porch na gusto ko sa kitchen
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window off lounge room.
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Clean and simple. no window casing.
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Like the window built in
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Banquette - just a bench
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im working on building my table set with an old table and mismatched chairs like this... im really starting to fall in love with the custom built in booth
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Built in bench seat.
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Lovely space. Narrow table, long enough for 4 and don't sit people on ends at all.. would have sliding doors behind, though. Need to think through what it would look like. Could some doors just be half glass.. Would save money right?
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