DOWNSIZING • An environmentally-conscious family in Woolwich, Maine,
reduces its carbon footprint by living small
he new house in woolwich, maine, is
testament to Ben Tipton and Michelle
LaRoque’s belief that while they cannot
change their past carbon footprint, they
will do everything they can to reduce their
children’s. Having designed and built an
energy-efficient house in Hartland, Vermont,
they realized they could go even smaller.
Their goal was to spend less on a mortgage T
and more time with their children. Most of
all, they hoped to educate Mikail, 8, and
Addison, 6, on what it means to be environmentally responsible citizens.
The Vermont house was a modest
2,000 square feet, but Tipton, a physician’s
assistant and former construction worker,
believed they could live simpler by being
architecture: karolina kawiaka studio
except for solar panels,
up-to-date home could pass
for a simple Maine
“staycations” are centered
around the pool.