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Energy Star Retreat
New London, NH
This energy efficient, lakeside retreat was designed to provide a place for a young family to spend time together, as well as a space for both friends and family to make everlasting memories. Numerous low maintenance features allow for more time spent enjoying the lake and many of the all-season outdoor activities that the Lake Sunapee area has to offer.
The open floor plan, easy access to the lake and the views of the lake make this home feel much larger than it's compact floor plan. Fine stone work and natural wood throughout both the interior and exterior of this home incorporates the rustic character of a grand New Hampshire "camp." The timeless and inviting interior ensures that this home will be a gathering place for generations to come.
When the owners purchased the property, the site contained a standalone garage and a cottage. The cottage was beyond repair. The owner's decided to tear down the cottage and build a new home. The garage was renovated.
Our team was responsible for the design, construction documents and construction observation of this 2,500 square foot residence. The site, just over 0.53 acres included restraints that greatly reduced the lot's build-able area. Restrictions include wetlands, an existing septic system which was to be reused, an existing well which also was to be reused, the owner's desire to leave the site as unaltered as possible, and the town's zoning and shore land regulations. Onsite storm water management reduced the original amount of runoff from the site into Lake Sunapee to almost nothing.
The insulation system, energy efficient appliances, energy efficient mechanical systems and energy efficient lighting made this home comfortable and provided the owner's a low operating cost.
The framing is a hybrid of Douglas fir, heavy timber ADN 2x wall and roof framing. This allowed for an efficient use of wood to frame the house.
The insulation system consists of closed cell spray foam in the roof, closed cell spray foam and blown in fiberglass in the walls, rigid insulation at the foundation and rigid insulation beneath the basement slab. A radiant heat system located in the flooring reduces the load demand on the boiler ultimately reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The exterior decking is FSC certified Ipe. Ipe requires little to no maintenance and will outlast most decking materials by many years. The home's exterior is clad with fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding is long lasting, low maintenance, does not require painting, fire resistant and contains 30% recycled material. The home's roofing is standing seam metal roof. Metal roofing is made from over 95% recycled material, reduces attic temperatures, has a long life span, is recyclable and has virtually zero off gassing.
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