2019 Excellence in Green Design Winner: Look to the Mountains II
Jeremy Bonin of Bonin Architects & Associates in New London
Broome Building in Alexandria
The homeowners’ priorities were comfort and that the home be entirely off the grid. The 3,700-square-foot home has roots in the New England barn aesthetic.
Rooms have multiple functions for large gatherings and the kitchen is large, open, versatile and straightforward. The timber frame employs traditional mortise and tenon joinery in addition to several less-used framing techniques. The cupola’s framing is a self-supporting system that requires no center posts or connections. Reclaimed barn boards and flooring add to the warmth and comfort of the space. Additionally, stones for the veneer and outdoor fireplace were all gathered from the building site.
The 14-KW array supplies the home with all the electricity it requires. The outbuilding houses the battery banks to provide power in the evenings and during long winter storms. The home includes struc-tural insulated panels for a high R-value and well-sealed building envelope.
Judges said: This house communicates as a sensitive design evoking a New England barn vernacular. The integration of form, structure and materials is well-synchronized, and this extends to the detailing. The sustainable strategies complement the design at many levels.