The Brookline Residence is designed to accommodate a multi-generational family. The paired living spaces on the first and second levels are architecturally expressed on the front facade by window systems that asymmetrically wrap the corners of the house.
The glazed entry door opens into the family foyer, and allows visitors to proceed directly through the home to the outdoor living space.
In the first floor kitchen, a pantry provides utilitarian storage, floating base cabinets expand the sense of space, and a clean glass backsplash reaches from counter to ceiling. The bright open feeling continues into to the livingspace.
In line with the homeowner's priorities, this super insulated home features air-tight construction, continuous exterior insulation, and well-insulated, triple-glazed windows. All of the insulation is "foam-free," avoiding the use of petroleum-based foams which typically have a high global warming potential.
A storm water cistern captures almost all of the storm water from the site and roof surfaces. The cisterns are connected to a trickle or drip irrigation system, a great water-conserving way to irrigate a landscape.