This is the first LEED Platinum home in Athens. Designed by Lori Bork Newcomer, principal of Bork Architectural Design, Inc., the 2,632 square-foot home blends native materials to maintain neighborhood context and contemporary design to suit the aesthetics of owners Lori and Quint Newcomer. Lori and Quint self-contracted the build for about $125 per square foot and, perhaps more impressively, the home uses about the same amount of energy as one a third the size.
The exterior is completed with Tennessee fieldstone, stucco, and white clapboard, while the traditional gable facade is made with glass to allow natural light to the kitchen, living, and dining area. Inside, the floors are covered in locally-sourced, reclaimed heart pine and the certain accent walls feature reclaimed barn wood.
Lori sought energy efficiency through air tightness, superior insulation, reflective roofing, Energy Star windows, and solar hot water (which reduces energy use by up to 20% by itself). To conserve water, the home has low-flow fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, and a 1,100-gallon cistern that collects rainwater for irrigation.
Other green elements include an EPA-certified wood burning stove, interior mineral paints by San Marco, USA, polished fly ash concrete floors, recycled content FLOR carpet tiles, formaldehyde-free EccoDoors, low- or zero-VOC finishes, cellulose and Ecobatt insulation, Icynene spray foam in the roofline, a high-efficiency heat pump with an ERV, and LED and CFL bulbs in more than 50% of light fixtures.
Photo credits: Elizabeth Maves.