CURB AP­PEAL

This iconic yet ecofriendly cot­tage snug­gles up to win­ter with a clas­sic look and green-liv­ing ef­fi­ciency.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY CAITLIN RAGAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL MARKERT

Are you dream­ing of an ecofriendly Christ­mas?

Bring­ing the com­po­nents of sus­tain­able liv­ing to clas­sic cot­tage style, builder Rocky DiGi­a­como of DiGi­a­como Homes & Ren­o­va­tion has cre­ated wow fac­tor with his ex­pert de­sign and use of al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources.

SIM­PLIS­TIC SHAPE

While this home has the tra­di­tional cot­tage shape, DiGi­a­como made use of ev­ery square inch. The dormer win­dows, with their charm­ing win­dow boxes, cre­ate a cozy look, while the front porch gives passersby a glimpse into the invit­ing space within. Ev­ery el­e­ment of the home helps cre­ate the per­fect sil­hou­ette of a hol­i­day cot­tage, while also con­serv­ing en­ergy and main­tain­ing a smaller en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print.

ECO AD­DI­TIONS

At first you may worry that so­lar pan­els, geo­ther­mal heat­ing and spe­cial ap­pli­ances may con­flict with the quaint cot­tage aes­thetic, but DiGi­a­como in­te­grated the en­ergy-sav­ing in­no­va­tions in sub­tle, cre­ative ways. In­vis­i­ble from the curb­side, so­lar pan­els are in line with the roof near the back­yard, while geo­ther­mal tech is in­side the walls.

The only sign of the al­ter­na­tive tem­per­a­ture sys­tem is a sim­ple ther­mo­stat, while the home­own­ers make use of en­ergy-con­scious de­vices and ap­pli­ances in­side. This home av­er­ages $45 per month in util­ity bills through­out the year, a great ex­am­ple of how adding al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources could save you money in your cot­tage.

COZY LIGHT­ING

At­mos­phere is ev­ery­thing dur­ing the hol­i­days, and noth­ing feels more like the win­ter sea­son than string lights re­flect­ing off freshly fallen snow. Mul­ti­ple win­dows help frame the home. As you come closer, you see light spilling onto the snow-cov­ered ground from fes­tiv­i­ties in­side and bring­ing warmth to the neigh­bor­hood. This cot­tage paints a quaint hol­i­day pic­ture, with the added ben­e­fit of be­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient through­out the fes­tiv­i­ties.

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