PORTFOLIO: Harnden-Goldsmith House

October 2007

For more information, see Features of This House below or view the house plans for our "Arietta" house, on which this house is based.

Passive solar comes with a built-in designer's dream which is winter light. Here you see the corner of the living room, and through the arching doorway, the entry. A tiled high efficiency, zero clearance wood burning insert is surrounded by a soapstone hearth and a cedar-lined blanket chest/window seat. This corner is waiting for a good snow storm.

This is the small hallway to the downstairs bedrooms & bath. You can see the fireplace in the mirror. We use a lot of arching doorways and mirrors throughout a house as an inexpensive design feature that adds warmth, light, and interest.

The DINING ROOM is separated from the living room by a 550 gallon fish tank that hasn't been outfitted yet. It should make some great photos of the rooms as seen through it.

The KITCHEN appears through another arching doorway. The counters are soapstone and maple butcher block. The upper shelves are stainless steel.

This is a little light-filled sitting room off the master bedroom.

How does one take a good photo of a great small bathroom?

We use a lot of small stained glass windows clustered near the entry side of a house. They cost about $200 each and I design them to go with each house. They are another inexpensive design detail.

The house is active solar as well as passive solar. Here you see the panels being installed. Four panels heat the radiant floor as well as domestic hot water. The current federal and state tax credits pay for more than half the cost!

This is the what the inside of the system looks like.

Here is an eaves detail that we use in all of our houses. We have a no boxing rule! The cedar parts were milled nearby and give a rustic feel to an otherwise highly finished house.

The lintels are surface-applied and act as window and door drip-edge (but they look a lot better).

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Features of this house:

• Passive solar
• Autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) wall system with real stucco on
exterior & mineral plaster on interior
• Garden-oriented grading and house placement
• 2200 heated square feet plus porches and detached passive solar
garage/workshop; $150/heated square foot
• Two stories; private upstairs master suite with sitting room
• "Open plan" with 3 bedrooms total, two baths, entry, mud-room & study
• Arching doorways, built-in bookcases, soapstone hearth, window seat,
tiled bathrooms, maple kitchen cabinets with maple & soapstone
• 550 gallon "Takashi Amano" tropical aquarium room divider
• Radiant hydronic heat in tinted poured-&-scored concrete floors
• Solar collectors for domestic hot water & radiant floor system
• R-36 borate-treated cellulose ceiling insulation with radiant
barrier; borate-treated cellulose interior sound insulation
• 9'4" ceilings
• Attic fan & venting cupola
• On-demand hot water heater
• Wood-burning high efficiency fireplace insert
• Classic t&g eaves detail with exposed rafter tails
• No-VOC paint
• Hypoallergenic
• Boracare under-slab & boric acid in-wall insect treatments
• 26-gauge Galvalume steel roof
• Energy Star appliances
• State and federal tax credits of maybe $10,000 or more