June 14, 2010

The Interior Barn Doors have arrived.

Painted barn doors await installation on opposite wall.  I am so pleased at how well they mimic the tall, narrow proportions of the windows that they will face -- so much so, that they could just as easily be very cool custom shutter panels.  Hmm...  :)

The newest additions to THE CONCORD GREEN HEALTHY HOME are the interior barn doors from Circle B/Barn Depot, located right here in Lancaster, MA.  The doors will soon be hanging from a galvanized double track, providing separation between a main living space and home office.  The upper glass will preserve light and views through the office to the park.  Made from "green mdf" (no formaldehyde), I had the Pat's Painting team simply prime them with diluted Mythic Paint non-toxic primer matched to Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray, from their Historical Collection.

June 10, 2010

You CAN Grow Grass in Deep Shade...

Wow.  Eco-Lawn seed springs forth in just 9 days.  This is the most sun that the large shade trees ever allow past their leaves.  Conventional wisdom is that you cannot grow grass in such deep shade, but the good news is that this mix thrives in both shade and sun.  Its slow-growing and deep-rooted once established, which means minimal mowing and watering, hence its eco-friendly stature.

June 5, 2010

Test Photos Offer Sneak Peek of Healthy, Sustainable Home

Test photo of THE CONCORD GREEN HOME kitchen captures all of that beautiful sunshine streaming in through the french doors, breakfast nook windows and skylights.  Daylighting was a central design tenet of the project.  Photo: Jerome Eno

While there is more work to do -- exterior trim painting, landscaping, interior furnishings - these few test photos taken by local photographer Jerome Eno give you a sense of THE CONCORD GREEN HOME today.

Test shots of THE CONCORD GREEN HOME's exterior, prior to trim and door painting, and landscaping.  Photos: Jerome Eno

I wanted the simple, but beautiful finish selections to complement the New England Farmhouse vernacular of this healthy, sustainable home.  Here, in the ADA-accessible wetroom - complete with water-conserving dual-flush toilet - the limestone plank tile reads a bit like weathered wood wainscot.  Photo: Jerome Eno

When I think back to the original design brief that I wrote for the home in early 2008, I am most proud to have assembled the talented team that helped me bring those goals to life.  While I will continue thanking the many folks of these firms for a long time, I would like to specifically acknowledge the following individuals today -- not only for their skill and expertise, but above all, for their belief that a complex project such as this, replete with its many lofty goals and tight constraints, was possible. 

ZeroEnergy Design
Stephanie Horowitz, Lead Architect/Managing Director
Jordan Goldman, Principal Engineer/LEED AP
Adam Prince, Business Development Principal
Emile Chin-Dickey, LEED AP/Principal

Connor Homes
Steve Haskell, Lead Architect/LEED AP
Mike Connors, Founder
Gail Rice, Director of Business Development

Aedi Construction
Matt Ayers, Project Manager/Principal
Patrick Hughes, Site Supervisor
Mark and Norm Beaulieu, Principals

Sustainable Construction Inc.
Daniel Glickman, Consultant/Founder

Thank you.

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