The soaring, 2,600-square-foot glassy structure he proposed was “way more modern than we expected,” Carol says. But they loved it. “When it’s a vacation home, you’re willing to take more risks and be expressive,” she says.
Nathan loaded the structure with green features to make it worthy of its EPA Energy Star rating. Large banks of windows capture natural light, and the southern exposure takes full advantage of sunlight for solar gain in cool weather. During summer, leaves on the trees shield the house from direct sun.
With one good construction experience under their belts, the couple hasn’t ruled out building another home. “Green, of course,” Carol says. “Now I wouldn’t build any other way.”