The owners of a lakeside home on Lake Sunapee came to us with the desire to transform the existing dwelling into a timeless shingle-style, ultra energy-efficient family home that connects to the shorefront and the beautiful views of the lake.

A new entry welcomes guests. Once through the door, they experience a view through the house to the lake. Existing pine paneling is to be salvaged and reused for wainscoting in the first floor open living area. This will help to preserve the rustic character, while the white walls above will increase the spacious and airy quality of the space. To enhance the relationship between the home and the lake, the extensive renovation includes increased views, access, decks and a terrace on the lake side. The exterior character of the house is completely altered with traditional forms and shingle-style details.

While the design retains the original footprint to reduce construction costs, the exterior walls, both above and below grade, and the new roof assembly will be super-insulated. All windows will be triple-glazed high-performance units. An air-source heat pump system will be used for heating and possibly cooling. Plans include a future PV system to cover all system loads.



New London, NH


"Working with the team at Maclay was a true pleasure.  In a highly collaborative process, they designed a house that fits all of our needs:  It is lovely, comfortable, functional and hugely energy efficient.  Perhaps equally important, they were able to guide a client, who knew enough to make himself dangerous, through the process of getting to a Net Zero house.  We could not be more pleased with the outcome and will miss our regular meetings and interactions with the folks at Maclay now that the house is done!"