A front porch is a wonderful place to enjoy fresh air and the view of the green. It's also a great symbol of meeting everything the owners were looking for, which included "an in-town location that would enable a walking lifestyle and 'front porch' sense of community." In addition, they sought "excellent solar access, shade trees and breezes, in order to heat, cool and light the home as passively as possible." Finding such a lot across the street from the park was more than the Tharps had dared to hope for, and they think of it as their "water view."
Horowitz was able to incorporate systems that keep the air healthy, such as a fresh air ventilation system with energy recovery and HEPA filter, mold prevention techniques, radiant and radiator heating (forced air circulates allergens while these methods do not), contamination controls during construction and using low/no VOC materials.