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
What Houzz contributors are saying:
The Spectrum: Light to DarkLight: If you crave bright, sunny spaces bathed in natural light, you belong squarely on the light end of this style spectrum. Light lovers also tend to crave open-plan spaces, high ceilings and large windows with views — anything to create a serene, expansive sense of space. Light spaces are often white (even all-white) but you may also be drawn to pale washes of color, soft pastels or milk-paint hues.
Unfortunately in today’s urban environments (and sometimes even in rural environments), the quality of the “fresh” air outside our homes is not necessarily all that healthy or comfortable to breathe. Pollution, pollen and dust can seriously affect your long-term health and your daily comfort level.Natural ventilation works well when the temperature difference between indoors and outdoors is big enough to cause an exchange of air. Air movement can be nudged along by some design techniques. However, for many climates, the temperature difference (especially in midseason) is too low to produce any airflow.Hire a pro to test the quality of your indoor air supplyBusy work and travel schedules, combined with a misunderstanding of how natural ventilation works, can mean a lot of responsibility for the person opening and closing the windows. There’s a lot of room for human error that can result in unhealthy indoor air or even mold.As our environments, homes and personal habits evolve, we have to think about the next steps in home design that will help us maintain healthy indoor air year-round. In this ideabook I’ll explain this relatively recent evolution in building science, as well as answer some of the follow-up questions about mechanical versus natural ventilation.
This healthy home in Concord Massachusetts abuts a town green rather than a farm, but many touches inside and out add farmhouse charm. Learn about all of the passive house and healthy moves the designers made when planning and building this home
Although they're normally used as wall-mounted lights, Tharp decided to install these fixtures on top of the cabinets. The wiring went into a gap on top of the cabinetry where the gabled roof stops. These lights not only highlight the cabinetry, but if you pull them forward, they illuminate the countertops below perfectly. See more of this house in Concord, Mass.
"The kitchen is the living center of home life these days, a place where everyone loves to spend time," Horowitz explains. "We wanted to embrace this and celebrate the kitchen space. Thus, it has the cathedral ceiling, the views outdoors, and can be used in a number of ways." Flexibility was built in, providing places for cooking, drinking morning coffee, gathering, having a meal or doing homework.The cathedral ceiling gives this kitchen an open feeling, making it seem larger than it really is. The skylights and glass doors let the light from the southern exposure flood the space. These doors also extend the kitchen out onto the patio, providing access both physically and visually. The large custom Belgian linen pendants make a style statement that stands up to the scale of the ceiling, yet blend with all of the natural textures and colors in the room. Floors throughout the first floor are heart pine.