Sustainable Connecticut Retreat

Sustainable Connecticut Retreat

Aaron Able
Aug 10, 2009

From the archives at Dwell — architect Lynn Gaffney and her husband Bill Backus built a weekend retreat in rural Sharon, Connecticut. Manhattan renters, the couple wanted an escape that was anything but urban. Their new home was designed with sustainability in mind and it's simple form was inspired by barns and sheds.

Lynn Gaffney designed the 2,000-square-foot home to be supported by structural insulated panels, or SIP — "dense foam insulation sandwiched between two thin layers of engineered wood." The home also has radiant floor heating and features unfinished plywood walls treated with linseed oil. The lawn is planted with buffalo grass which retains a low profile and never needs to be mowed!

You can see the full article, read about the other green features of the home and see even more great pictures: Dwell | Leave it to Beavers.

(Images: Raimund Koch)

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