The jury was immediately drawn to the Concord Green Home’s traditional New England farmhouse look, with a scale and style that blend cohesively with neighboring houses while still feeling refreshed and updated. The simple, clean design continues inside, where white and neutral tones mingle with wood finishes and ample daylighting to maintain a modern and airy feel.

Design and product choices were vital in addressing the allergy-plagued homeowner’s chief need: optimal indoor air quality. To balance the tight shell (including spray-foam insulation to R-51 in the roof and R-23 in the walls), the team installed an energy recovery ventilator and a whole-house HEPA filtration system, as well as low- and no-VOC finishes, radiant heating, and reclaimed and formaldehyde-free cabinets. An open floor plan, thoughtful window placement, and a three-story open stairwell promote natural ventilation (and eliminated the need for air conditioning), while the large south-facing windows bring in daylight and winter heat but are shaded in summer by maple trees.

The panelized structure’s L shape and modest footprint make efficient use of the small lot, which is adjacent to the town park.


Windows: Green Mountain Window / Doors: Simpson, Pella / Siding: James Hardie / Roofing: Iron Horse / Insulation: Icynene, Owens Corning / Appliances: Sub-Zero, Miele, Bertazzoni, Electrolux / Panelization: Connor Homes / Countertops: J. Aaron, Longleaf Lumber / Kitchen Faucets: Perrin & Rowe / Bath Faucets & Showerheads: Rohl / Toilets: Toto, Kohler, Duravit / Flooring: Longleaf Lumber / Paints & Stains: Mythic, Ecos / Interior Lighting: Barn Light Electric / Exterior Lighting: Scofield Historic Lighting / HVAC: Weil-McLain, Myson / Water Heating: Buderus / IAQ: Pure Air Systems, UltimateAir

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