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WILKIE RESIDENCE

photos by ned gray

type: single family
status: completed 2007

This house was designed to support the diverse interests and activities of married, empty-nester college professors. Incorporating work spaces for each person, open living areas, and an in-law apartment, the design takes its cues from the couple’s dedication to land preservation. Natural materials were selected for use throughout the house: visible timbers, natural wood floors, a fieldstone fireplace, and many porches and patios all bring the textures and colors of the land into the house.

Careful air-sealing, thick R-30 walls, and an R-50 roof were specified for passive energy conservation, while a 2 kilowatt photovoltaic system and a solar thermal system actively reduce the home’s need for external energy sources.