Energy Star House Sited for Natural Light
Energy Star, Energy Efficient
This couple bought a beautiful 5 acre lot in North Ferrisburg with the vision of creating a simple homestead with extensive gardens and an orchard. First they needed a house and garage. The house site is well suited for southern exposure which affords plentiful natural light inside the house and passive solar heating. It features a master bedroom and 2 studio spaces upstairs along with a generous sized bath with built in tub and separate shower. Downstairs is an entry porch that leads into a mudroom and then into the great room which holds the kitchen, dining area and living room. At the center of it all is a beautiful soap stone woodstove. Towards the back of the first floor is a spacious guest room with a cathedral ceiling. This room and the adjacent bathroom can be closed off with a pocket door creating a private, quiet space for its occupant. The home has a full basement with a bulkhead leading out towards the garage. The garage features a large second floor which can be finished at some point to create a spacious studio for gardening classes.
Other features include bamboo and marmoleum floors, red cedar decks and porches, pine soffits and porch ceilings, low VOC paints, and maple cabinets. The home is insulated with cellulose in the walls and ceiling and has a full home air exchange heat recovery system (Venmar). Foundation walls and under slab are insulated with either EPS foam or polyisocyanurate. The home rates as a 5 star Energy Star Home. The cost of this house came out to be about $150 per square foot (not including design and site work).