; the low-key array of photovoltaic panels by Evergreen
Solar in Marlborough, Massachusetts, generates electricty
for the house, and, in summer, sends excess power to the
grid. The roof itself is made of seamed zinc. The narrow
windows that slice the shiplap cedar siding on the side and
rear facade of the building belie the expansive glass found
on the waterview side.
1 living area
2 dining area
12 mechanical space
13 media room
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areas that are not in use can be closed off to conserve energy
Builder Silvia & Silvia Custom Builders
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clean, luminous space that allows the eye to move to the view.
The architecture is complemented by the furnishings and art, which
e homeowners selected in collaboration with interior designer Michael
Ferzoco of Boston’s Eleven Interiors. “We had two goals,” says Ferzoco.
“Make it unpretentious and easy to live with — the owners wanted people
to be able to wander in off the beach and not worry — and don’t compete
with that magnificent view.” So the living room’s low-slung
Italian couches are covered in easy-to-clean microsuede; the
color scheme — creams and beiges — reflects the dunes.
“Still,” Ferzoco says, “these are energetic, fun, contemporary
people, so we made sure there were a few punches of color.”
ng room, three color-field canvases by artist Elaine Souda of
Wellfleet, Massachusetts, are red (as in a sunset), yellow (sunshine), and
Just off the media room in the basement, the mechanical systems qui-y work away. Six 300-foot-deep wells service the geothermal heat pumps,
while the rooftop solar array serves the building’s electrical needs. From
August 2008 until May 2009, the house produced 7,082 kilowatt-hours
of power, avoiding the nearly 6 tons of carbon dioxide that conventional
energy would have produced. While the house may require another 900
kilowatt-hours of energy during the off-season, come summer, it will easily make up the difference when the photovoltaic system is producing a
net surplus of energy. Now that is living in a New World.