Old House, New Ideas

Old House, New Ideas

Abby Stone
Aug 9, 2010

Although this Cape Cod home looks like the summer home your family might have rented when you were a kid, the ideas here are anything but old school—proof that a house doesn't have to look sleek and modern to be green.

With typical New England thriftiness, four houses were blended into one and a system was installed to purify wastewater. Cedar shingles, which mellow to low-maintenance grey color from exposure to the wind and sun and are resistant to both pests and water, cover the exterior of the house. Power comes from solar panels and a wind turbine, capturing the elements of a typical New England summer and turning them into energy. Inside, recycled pine ceilings and vintage furniture speak to both old fashioned thriftiness and modern sustainability. For the full article and the rest of the photos, click here.

(Images: Annie Schlechter for Coastal Living)

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