Architect: Phil Kaplan
Architect Firm: Kaplan Thompson Architects
Location: Acton, ME
Project Type: Transformations
The original house on this site was retired and replaced with a new structure that takes advantage of the "grandfathered" location. A super-insulated, net-zero-energy capable house for four-season use by a large extended family includes four bedrooms and a bunk-room, a sweeping living/dining/kitchen area that opens onto an elevated deck, and a screened porch reached through spectacular sliding doors. The modesty of the context, desire of the clients to respect the privacy and views of their neighbors, and the incredible proximity and presence of the lake were primary inspirations for this design. As the house was not for full-time use, an attempt to reduce the ecological impact to as close to zero as possible was important. Marvin products helped achieve this energy efficiency, in addition to providing a sophisticated aesthetic for this elegant home.