Design Challenge

The property is located within a neighborhood in an outlying town of Boston. The client wanted to achieve their net zero energy and environmental goals within the context and aesthetic of the neighborhood.

Approach & Outcome

The building form maximizes south facing roof area to allow for a roof mounted photovoltaic array and south facing glazing to optimize solar gain. The front gable roof houses solar domestic hot water panels on its south-east facing slope. A portion of the facade turns to address the street, preserving a formal and traditional street presence, and fitting within the context of the neighborhood.

This beautiful, light-filled home offers connections to the outdoors. The house is super-insulated, with an R-20 basement, R-40 walls, R-5 windows and an R-60 roof. Heating is provided by an air-source heat pump system.

Project Details


Newton, MA




5,326 sf