An Energy Efficient Retirement

When Susan and Dennis Kepner started planning their new home in York, Maine one thing was clear.  They wanted a home that worked for them and not the other way around.  This is their retirement, after all.   Easy maintenance was a priority, and a super efficient design-structure met not only their retirement needs, but also their passion for protecting the environment.  Working with Bensonwood Homes of Walpole, NH, the Kepner’s decided on a timber frame home that used super efficient stress-skin panels ( a sandwich of plywood on one side, gypsum on the interior side, and several inches of high R-value foam

Foundation walls insulated with rigid foam.  And a super efficient wall hung boiler.

Foundation walls insulated with rigid foam. And a super efficient wall hung boiler.

as the core) for the structural walls. Other efficiency measures include two inches of foam on the interior walls of the basement, radiant heat in the slab, a 1 1/2 story structure on a slope creating a downstairs guest room with large above ground windows, and many others.

These two Prius driving transplants from Hampton, NH have sustainable living as a core principle to their lifestyle.  They don’t just buy into green for the economic benefits of efficiency; they embrace the whole concept.  This is evident in their choices to install eco friendly bamboo flooring from Eco Fusion and  100% natural Marmoleum tiling – the real linoleum.  Just as important to every homeowners satisfaction with their space, great

Warm, soft, healthy and 100% natural.

Warm, soft, healthy and 100% natural Marmoleum flooring in pantry.

details and warm colors contribute to an extremely comfortable house.  Beautiful, crafted trim, doors, moldings  and millwork accent the intelligence of this home and demonstrate the commitment to detail from the insulated slab  to the custom tiling over the stove.  The Kepner’s home is one to make us all look forward to retirement.

Eco Fusion bamboo flooring in family room overlooking York River.

Eco Fusion bamboo flooring in family room overlooking York River.

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