We designed this home to be a harmonious hybrid, marrying the traditional New England farmhouse with modern, high-efficiency construction techniques.
Typically, an original farmhouse would be constructed with single-glazed windows, a stone foundation, and minimal insulation in two-by-four walls. For this Falmouth home, we designed a structure with an insulated concrete form foundation and two-by-six walls filled with dense-pack cellulose insulation, making the resistance value, or R-value, of the structure R-22. We also utilized dense-pack cellulose to insulate the roof, which boasts an R-value of R-50 or higher. In a nutshell: the higher the R-value, the more efficient and effective the insulation is, which in turn adds to both comfort and heating efficiency. A win-win.
Internally, the home is heated by radiant heat within the thermal mass of a concrete slab. Double pane windows with a low-emissivity (Low-E) coating are just one of the countless features in the details, materials, and systems that make this house so sustainable.
With year-round livability and comfort in mind, we designed this home to set a new standard of efficiency and warmth for a New England classic.