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Oceanside Retreat

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

The desire for a contemporary, sustainable cottage established the overall design of this unique home. The steeply wooded lot with northern views over the bay provided several challenges which were turned into opportunities. Monitor windows placed high along the south and east elevations provide passive solar heating and ample daylight. Ground mounted solar thermal panels are also planned to contribute to the space heating needs via the radiant slab system. The earth bermed portions of the home will benefit from consistent ground temperatures further offsetting heating and cooling loads. Stained concrete floors along with native wood millwork and cabinetry are specified for the interior. The exterior materials include native cedar shakes, and a combination of standing seam metal and low-slope vegetated roofs.

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