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Concord Green Home

2011 EcoHome Design Award Winner

Key to the successful design were the homeowner priorities of family health, energy performance, and optimizing the walk-to-town construction site. To maintain health and air quality, the home features a fresh air ventilation system with energy recovery, a whole house HEPA filtration system, radiant & radiator heating distribution, and low/no VOC materials. The home’s energy performance focuses on passive heating/cooling techniques, natural daylighting, an improved building envelope, and efficient mechanical systems, collectively achieving overall energy performance of 50% better than code. To address the site opportunities, the home utilizes a footprint that maximizes southern exposure in the rear while still capturing the park view in the front.

ZeroEnergy Design | Green Architecture & Mechanical Design

Kauffman Tharp Design | Interior Design

Photos by Eric Roth

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February 18, 2014
Aaron Ghysels wrote:
What is the depth and height of the bench seat without the cushions? - I'm building a nook bench as well. I'm looking to find the best depth and height for it?
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Was this bench seat purchased or custom made? Can you tell me where they bought it? Thank you
    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 5:04PM
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Where can you purchase or have the seat cushions made?
    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 5:24AM
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September 26, 2013
lnichols805 wrote:
What type of floor is this?
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@lnichols805 - this is our reclaimed #2 Quartersawn Heart Pine flooring - here's some more product info:
    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 12:41PM
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What finish was used?
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September 15, 2013
YogaJulie wrote:
Lovely design; what is the wood flooring type/brand, please?
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lisa k. tharp - k. tharp design
See my comment above. :)

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K. THARP DESIGN - Fine Interiors
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@YogaJulie - this is our reclaimed #2 Quartersawn Heart Pine flooring - here's some more product info:
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October 29, 2012
ctdp wrote:
do you have the source for the pulls on the bench drawers?
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Can you tell me the paint brand and color used?
    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 10:53AM
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lisa k. tharp - k. tharp design
I sourced the recessed pulls from Whitechapel Ltd. :)

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March 18, 2012
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lisa k. tharp - k. tharp design
Chair is an antique swedish chair from Encore Antiques in Littleton MA. It is stunning in person. Pillow fabric is from Schumacher.
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Love the table. Where is that from?
    Bookmark   September 24, 2014 at 7:34PM
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January 31, 2012
Carol Burger-Weinman wrote:
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lisa k. tharp - k. tharp design
Thank you for your question.

I found this old Spanish warming table - the metal basin held hot coals to keep feet warm - at Encores Antiques in Littleton, MA. Beautiful patina on the wood...

Lisa Kauffman Tharp
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September 28, 2011
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lisa k. tharp - k. tharp design
Hello lperry.

Dimensions for the breakfast nook were kept intentionally small, given the diminutive backyard yard. Space is approximately 4.5' x 11'. Another foot of depth could make a big difference if you do not have space limitations. We added the cut out in the right wall to further open up the space while bringing in more sunlight and views from the side window. The nook comfortably seats 3-4 people. I chose a round table for easy access to the window seat. Day-to-day, there is a larger round pedestal table in place of the antique shown here for photography, which provides more ample surface area and leg room.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Kauffman Tharp Design - Fine Interiors
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August 28, 2011
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read the original entry. it will be explained
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Becky Harris
Lizzie means here:

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It's a basket and an IKEA light fixture the owner/interior designer put together herself. I am in love with it myself!
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August 27, 2011
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The Shabby Nest
Valsar's Raindrops is a similar white.
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Paint is Mythic non-toxic paint throughout, but matched to one of my favorite creamy white colors from Benjamin Moore - Mayonnaise, OC-85.

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March 22, 2014
Crysta Levesque wrote:
Can you tell me what is the fabric on the pillows? Thanks!

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This nook is "a really great informal and comfortable way to incorporate more seating into the kitchen; seating that has a view outdoors," Horowitz says. As a bonus, it includes extra storage under the cushioned bench. As for the nook's furnishings, Kauffman Tharp says, "I love to use items intended for a completely different purpose in a whole new way. I was attracted by the texture of this basket I found on sale at West Elm. I turned it upside down, hung it with jute twine, and paired it with $9.99 spot lights from IKEA "High style for low money. Fun." The antique table is from Spain. Kauffman Tharp fitted it with an iron bowl on the bottom shelf, which once held hot coals for warming one’s feet.
Maximize storage in a kitchen nook. This sunny nook was created as a spot to relax with a cup of tea and a good book, but the bench also provides scads of sneaky storage along with comfortable seating. Large drawers like these can hold linens, seldom-used cookware, cookbooks, shoes — everything you need to stash.
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Set up seating areas around your windows. This may seem counterintuitive (we always hear about chilly drafts near windows), but if your windows are well sealed, there shouldn’t be a problem. This way you can enjoy a meal or read the newspaper while basking in the direct warmth of the sun.
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A comfortable bench in a window nook is the perfect spot for kicking off one's shoes and curling up with a good book. See the rest of this house
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6. Integrate a window seat. This cozy area juts off the far end of this large kitchen, creating a bright spot and an intimate space. The proportions of the storage bench and the space allow for versatility; a larger rectangular table and more chairs coud fit into this space if the owner's needs change.See the rest of this home
A woven basket or wastepaper basket. This homeowner found the wastepaper basket on clearance and fashioned it into a textured pendant shade for her breakfast nook. It works very well with all of the natural textiles and furnishings throughout her home.See the rest of this home
A dining table can also be humble and intimate, as in this bay window dining nook with an antique Spanish warming table. I love how antiques often give us fascinating insight into human ingenuity. This little table is equipped with a metal basin on its lower level that once held hot coals to keep feet warm.Shopping tip: Wiggle the table around to see if it sits flat on the floor, and to check that the legs are sturdy. If it wiggles it may not be on a flat surface, so move it around a bit just to make sure. And if the legs are loose, they can usually be tightened, but you want to know before you buy if that’s an issue.

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