Cape Cod home is expandable for vacation season
Residents on Cape Cod are becoming ever more aware of energy efficiency, especially since construction of the Cape Wind offshore wind farm won approval earlier this year. This near net-zero home designed by ZeroEnergy Design features solar panels and a geothermal system that produces almost as much energy as the home uses each year.
The coolest thing about this home, located among the dunes in scenic Truro, is its ability to accommodate the homeowners’ extended family during summertime vacations.
Planning for the extreme variation in occupancy of a vacation home was an issue that designers at ZeroEnergy Design considered from the start. The home is split into a "living bar" and a "sleeping bar." The sleeping bar is the expansion module with numerous bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate the entire family. The living bar includes the living and dining areas, as well as a secondary master bedroom – all that the couple needs when the children are away. This programmatic zoning allows the sleeping bar to be shut down during the majority of the year to decrease energy use.