One of the twenty-one projects that have been named as winners by REMODELING magazine in the 2013 Remodeling Design Awards, the Shornecliffe Residence gets its recognition in the category, Green Remodeling Over $250,000. The sustainable renovation of the 1914 arts-and-crafts-styled home has achieved it a LEED for Homes Gold rating.


When the homeowner called upon architect, Treffle LaFleche and Andrew Hinterman of LDa Architecture & Interiors to remodel the home, the priorities were set to renovate and build an addition that would achieve LEED certification while maintaining the historical qualities of the home and supporting it into the future. Plans for the remodel included expansion of the garage, a kitchen expansion with breakfast area, and the addition of a mudroom. Sudbury Design Group brought in drought-tolerant and non-invasive plants to create recreation areas and improve drainage.

Sustainable and earth-friendly features contributed to the achievement of LEED Gold:

  • addition of a living, green roof on the expanded garage
  • re-cladding of the exterior with PVC shingles
  • reuse of interior door panels
  • installation of a rainwater collection system
  • use of high-density, closed-cell spray foam insulation
  • high-efficiency water fixtures
  • replacement of windows with new, energy-efficient thermal pane windows
  • use of FSC-certified framing and roofing materials
  • replacement of mechanical systems
  • preservation of interior finishes and details or use of low-VOC finishes

Located in the Farlow Hill Historic District of Newton, Massachusetts, the home now sports an expanded master suite on the second floor and an addition that connects the home to a new underground garage. It has significantly more interior daylighting and an improvement of flow between rooms.