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

Kitchen - beach style galley kitchen idea in Boston with raised-panel cabinets, white cabinets, concrete countertops and white backsplash —  Houzz
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maryc4 wrote:Dec 30, 2011
  • shellabella
    Great thank you. I love this kitchen! Was 3'6" the base of island or the total size of the countertop? Thanks again!
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    Lisa Tharp Design
    The overhang for the seating section of the countertop is 18". I wanted to ensure that folks could sit comfortably while chatting with the cook. I generally avoid designing kitchens with the cooking zone on the island. The sink is where most prep takes place, and allows for easier socializing and lovely views of the yard through the wall of sliding glass doors (not shown).
denisetuttle wrote:Jan 15, 2013
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    Lisa Tharp Design
    I have been very pleased with this installation, which has held up beautifully. I highly recommend Longleaf Lumber as a source for reclaimed timber and flooring. My next client project, I will finish them with ECOS Organics non-toxic wood varnish.
  • greenfish1234
    I will check out the wood varnish. Longleaf recommends Tung oil, but I'm a little worried avoid pushing too far with the orange. What did you use here and if not Tung, why? Thanks!!
lesaherold wrote:Aug 31, 2011
  • Macago
    What do you call the white 2x4's that run along the ceiling? Are those considered "rafters" or something else?
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    Lisa Tharp Design
    Thanks for your question. The rafters are actually a bit larger than 2x4. I wanted the space to have more personality, so I asked Aedi Construction to apply rafters, as well as to plank the gable ends with vertical v-groove. I carried the planking onto the backsplash as well. When creating an all-white space, it is critically important to add texture. I have attached a BEFORE image to show how truly transformational these details are.
loritate wrote:Mar 11, 2013
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    Lisa Tharp Design
    Yes, I designed the lights specifically for the space and had them crafted by Creations by Carol.
  • elowder
    You have done an amazing job on this project. It is absolutely beautiful and serene. I'm so glad i get to see it.
Jilian Mikols wrote:Jul 18, 2016
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    ZeroEnergy Design

    The pendants were custom fabricated by Creations by Carol (not sure if she still offers this service), and designed by the project's interior designer.

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    Patty Kalil

    Beautiful design ! Your art of using neutrals ,symmetry and custom features is the perfect match for this style home ,love this !

cloona wrote:Jan 6, 2014
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    ZeroEnergy Design
    The island is unstained custom concrete, while the other is natural butcherblock.
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    Lisa Tharp Design
    The counter is custom concrete from J. Aaron, who is no longer offering concrete. The perimeter counter is made of the same reclaimed antique heart pine timber as the flooring, from Longleaf Lumber in Cambridge MA.
scy123 wrote:Sep 1, 2013
  • scy123
    Can you offer any information on these barstools? They haven't been easy to find. Thanks so much.
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    Lisa Tharp Design
    Sure! The barstools are from Bradshaw Kirchofer. They do not currently show these on their website, but I am fairly certain that they would craft them on order. They are available in a number of finishes too.
shaw1973 wrote:Feb 12, 2013
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    ZeroEnergy Design
    The refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, with custom panels. Sorry, don't have a model number.
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    Lisa Tharp Design
    Both Subzero refrigerator freezers are paneled behind custom cabinetry as I wanted the range to be the sole focal point appliance in the space. Models are from the 700TC SubZero line. They are 27" wide integrated counter depth style, which is terrific for blending into the rest of the cabinetry.
dielleh wrote:May 6, 2012
Andrea Brox wrote:Aug 30, 2018
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    ZeroEnergy Design

    They were custom made by 'Creations by Carol', and commissioned by Lisa Tharp Design.

achoplin wrote:Mar 14, 2016
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    ZeroEnergy Design

    The white kitchen cabinets were all reclaimed, and thus the original paint selection is unknown. The white for the balance of the room isn't readily available at this point.

dalanderson wrote:Nov 7, 2015
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    ZeroEnergy Design

    Sorry, no details are available regarding a backsplash.

collage205 wrote:Apr 23, 2014
emilycole wrote:Nov 6, 2013
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    Lisa Tharp Design
    I matched Benjamin Moore's Mayonnaise color in non-toxic Mythic Paint for all painted surfaces. Walls are dead flat finish. Cabinetry, trim, custom rafters and wall planking are all in Mythic semi-gloss which is a bit more matte than Benjamin Moore's semi-gloss.
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          What Houzz contributors are saying:

          Laura Gaskill added this to Where Are You on the Style Spectrum?Oct 9, 2016

          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.

          Mariana Pickering (Emu Building Science) added this to Get Cleaner Indoor Air Without Opening a WindowDec 20, 2013

          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.

          Amy Renea added this to Stepping Up the ScaleFeb 7, 2012

          Looking for hanging fixtures? Try simply using a classic lampshade, sized up for impact, for your island pendants. The neutral shade and linen material keep them humble.

          Becky Harris added this to 10 Wonderful FarmhousesSep 6, 2011

          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

          Vanessa Brunner added this to Idea of the Week: Two-Arm Lights in the KitchenAug 29, 2011

          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.

          Becky Harris added this to Houzz Tour: The Concord Green Healthy HouseAug 28, 2011

          "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.

          What Houzzers are commenting on:

          helene michalski added this to My ideasOct 18, 2019

          Like finish work at end of center island

          Rebecca Cluever added this to KitchenSep 21, 2019

          Wood floor concrete counter top

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