Design/build firm Aquidneck Fine Properties is getting ready for their next project called Swede Hill.  Designed by Estes/Twombly, the green home will be planted on an incredible patch of ocean-front land on Block Island, Rhode Island.  Aquidneck is seeking LEED Silver for the 3000 square foot home, which will be complete a little over a year from now.  I thought it would be nice to preview Swede Hill, since many of our readers favor the less modern of green homes.  In any event, here are some of the planned green features:


  • Solar powered pool, hot water, and 15% of heat;
  • Passive solar design with deep overhangs;
  • Rainwater cistern for irrigation;
  • Low-flow toilets and shower heads;
  • Efficient CFL and LED lighting;
  • Good cross-ventilation and HRV for IAQ;
  • Use of local stone and reclaimed wood;
  • Minimal landscape with no lawn;
  • Efficient insulation and programmable thermostat;

Swede HIll is not your average green home.  It'll run ~$650 per square foot, which is a lot higher than most of the homes we talk about, but it's pretty common for the luxury home market.  As a luxury home, at least it's not completely monstrous, I mean, 3000 square feet is just about 20% larger than your average new home, so … it'll be great to see how the home turns out. 



Swede Hill watercolor


Rendering credits: Estes/Twombly Architects