Hopper Design, LLC


Toward Healthy and Sustainable Homes

Designs - Braintree, VT Plan A

3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms

Main house 30' x 40' (total 2,170 square feet) - 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms
Garage and porch not included in square footage.

This design is a contemporary net zero energy solar home (including plug hybrid transportation) with a long view to green rolling hills to the east. It combines a healthy dose of passive and active solar in an energy efficient super-insulated structure. These clients are very energy conscious and conserving yet they have all the amenities. The segmented curved living room has an exposed structure and celebrates the magnificent view to the east. The porch does likewise. Active solar thermal domestic hot water and space heating panels are on the garage roof. The main roof supports a 6.3kW photovoltaic system that is grid-tied and can be built in two steps with 3.0kW in the first phase and 3.3kW in the second phase.

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View of the south and east sides. Note the vegetable garden. A seating promontory provides a raised viewing area above the rolling terrain.

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Living room with trusses, soapstone wood stove, library with curved stair, and dining beyond.

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View of dining and kitchen beyond.

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View of balcony and stair.

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View of library, stair, and balcony.