Beautiful Maine home uses passive solar principles to achieve near net-zero energy
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Located on a wooded bluff overlooking the Cousins River estuary, the 1,600-square-foot Cousins River Residence strategically faces south to take advantage of solar gain. The home comprises three volumes—the main home, the screen porch, and garage connected to the home via a covered walkway—each topped with a sloped roof and clad in fiber-cement clapboard and locally milled pine. Large glazed openings and an open floor plan maximize access to natural light and outdoor views, and also help seamlessly...