2023 NH Home Design Awards Winner
Recognition for Downtown Net-Zero Residence
Winter Holben is proud to have received a 2023 NH Home Design Award for our sustainably designed, net-zero home in downtown Portsmouth.
The judges said: "This project demonstrates an immense respect for the neighborhood and proves that great design can be achieved responsibly and on a budget. It stands as a positive role model for all."
Despite some unique challenges, the client’s ambitious vision of a contemporary, sustainable new residence in a densely populated downtown Portsmouth neighborhood was brought to life. The gabled structure, a nod to the neighborhood’s aesthetic, is modernized with high contrasting color, shape and scale. Horizontal, white, low-maintenance siding joins wide, black, vertical paneling and trim—all with extended warranties to guarantee long life spans. Everything is powered by on-site renewable energy, generated by a roof-mounted solar array and concealed components. A vehicle charging station sits smartly in the driveway. Complementing the environmentally conscious exterior, a healthy, attractive interior environment is achieved using high-performance ventilation and eco-friendly materials. The efficient, highly insulated envelope reduces heating costs in the winter and cooling in the summer. A glass-windowed stairwell, contemporary minimalistic metalwork and other creative solutions create a pleasing flow, open living and lots of natural light. Outside, multilevel decks and a spacious patio further enhance the home. - NH Home Magazine