Concord Green HomeBeach Style Kitchen, Boston
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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2. Interior Designer Builds Green and Healthy in Concord, MassachusettsWho: Interior designer Lisa Tharp and her familyWhere: Concord, MassachusettsProject: Design a sustainable and healthy home that fits in with a town founded in 1635Interior designer Lisa Tharp wanted her new home to not only be energy-efficient and heathy for her family, but also to fit in with the traditional New England architecture in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. She brought her expertise to a collaboration with architect Stephanie Horowitz of ZeroEnergy Design, a firm that specializes in sustainable and healthy design. Design and Systems Tharp and Horowitz used architect Sarah Susanka‘s Not So Big House principles to maximize space, used energy-efficient building principles and systems, created a healthy home with excellent air quality, and anticipated future uses and needs as owners age or the house changes hands. Extra insulation, high-performance windows, radiant heating, strategic daylighting and passive heating and cooling are among the eco-friendly details.The southern orientation bathes the kitchen with natural light. Tharp was able to reuse high-end appliances and cabinets from a nearby remodel. The pine flooring throughout the house is also reclaimed.
4. Farmhouse. For this farmhouse kitchen in Massachusetts, designer Lisa Tharp commissioned Carol Collord, owner of Creations by Carol, to create these oversize pendants out of Belgian linen.
Oversize Pendant LightsLike color, size scares a lot of people. But there is no reason overhead pendant lamps have to be teeny tiny (except maybe very low ceilings). Going oversize makes a huge impact and can really liven up an otherwise plain room.
No- and low-VOC finishes. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemical fumes emitted from some materials. For improved indoor air quality, select finishes labeled "no-VOC" or "low-VOC." Water-based products — with naturally fewer VOCs — are best for a safe and durable cabinet finish. The quality of water-based finishes has improved in recent years as the demand for safer alternatives has increased. For added confidence of product safety, you can seek certifications from Green Seal or GreenGuard — two industry-independent organizations that give their seal of approval to building products with low chemical emissions. This airy and light-filled kitchen used no- and low-VOC finishes as part of a whole-house approach to sustainability.
In this kitchen remodel, interior designer Lisa Kauffman Tharp used Mythic nontoxic paint for the kitchen cabinets, a brand that boasts of ultralow odor and premium paint quality, durability and coverage — without the off-gassing. It's a smart choice for a space that needs to be used and lived in during the painting.Houzz user elainelan asked the Houzz community if it's all right to repaint her apartment with nontoxic or low-VOC brands while pregnant — and it's really best to err on the side of caution. Writer Becky Harris said it best: You're better off asking your OB.Brands: Benjamin Moore Aura, Miller Acro Pure, OikosMore:6 Ecofriendly Projects10 Great Picks for Ecofriendly Tile
Fabric: These oversized pendants add a natural, earthy, and feminine feel to this kitchen. Whether these are linen or burlap, it doesn't matter — they're wonderful. I wasn't surprised to find out these pendants were custom made. (Though my first thought was, "Are these new from Restoration Hardware?") Sometimes it's worth going custom so that you can have something no one else has. See more of this house.Tip: Consider Scotchguarding your fabric pendants and dust them regularly to avoid that dust/grease combo that's so prevalent in a kitchen's hard-to-reach spots.
In this eco-friendly Massachusetts home, interior designer Lisa Kauffman Tharp installed several pieces of bold lighting in the kitchen. The pendants over the island are gorgeous — but what really caught our eye were the two-armed wall lights over the top cabinets. Instead of installing recessed lighting underneath the cabinetry, Tharp decided to give the kitchen a lofty, almost art-gallery like look.
Another kitchen blessing and a challenge: Kauffman Tharp had come into possession of some reclaimed high-end appliances and cabinets from a nearby remodel. In order to give the kitchen a unified look, they painted everything a creamy white, added marine-style polished nickel hardware, and added heart-pine countertops. While the heart pine counters lend a farmhouse feel, the island's counter is a more contemporary concrete surface. The island is 10 feet long and incorporates a Shaw's Original Farmhouse sink, repurposed cabinets, and a pair of Miele dishwashers on one side, as well as seating on the other side.