Reader and recent commenter Raedia just sent over details of her and her husband’s green home being built in Vermont.  They were able to secure an in-town lot and decided to design and build something that was affordable, sustainable, and stylish.  In looking at the images, I think they were able to do just that.  With a super-insulated structure and passive heating and cooling, the home uses less of the mechanical systems for temperature control. 

To further reduce the use of fossil fuel in powering the house, the owners installed a geothermal heat pump system and heat recovery ventilator (to keep the air filtered and fresh).  The contemporary home ended up with some of the following green features:

  • 2000 sf small footprint
  • R40 walls, R50 roof, R20 slab
  • Recycled denim insulation
  • Triple glazed windows
  • Deep overhangs to block direct sunlight
  • Energy Star appliances throughout
  • On-demand hot water heater
  • CFL or pin based fluorescent lighting
  • No-/low-VOC paints and finishes

Raedia and Ian’s home was design by Ian’s father and the landscaping will be done by Ian’s mother.  Between everyone in the family, they’ve sure found a way to build a cool green home. 

In-Town House

Dining Room



Thanks for sharing details of your fantastic home, Rae.  And by the way, that little dog is cool, too.