The renovation of this 1914 Arts & Crafts style home in the Farlow Hill Historic District of Newton began with the goals of preserving the wonderful architectural character of the house, completing the renovations in a sustainable manner, and ensuring that any modifications would support the home well into the next 100 years.

As it was, the home was poorly insulated, but in fair condition with dated finishes, uninspiring landscape, and an undersized garage. Plans for the renovation included adjusting the landscape for better drainage and recreation, enlarging the garage with a living green roof, re-cladding the exterior and replacing mechanical systems. A new addition was added, connecting the home to the new underground garage and adding a mudroom, expanded kitchen with breakfast area, and expanded master suite on the second floor. Interior finishes and details were preserved whenever possible or replaced with appropriate materials. The resulting project brings more daylight into the interior, improves flow between rooms, and celebrates the home’s traditional roots.

This project was designed to LEED for Homes standards and received a Gold certification in 2012. The project incorporated cutting edge technology into the historically-sensitive renovation, as long as it was discreet enough to fade into the background of a space. Sustainable design features include water-sensitive landscaping, high performance insulation system, highly efficient HVAC systems that were tested thoroughly, a rainwater collection system for irrigation, FSC Certified framing materials, low-VOC paints & adhesives, careful management of construction waste to reduce the amount of debris, and high efficiency water fixtures.



LEED® Gold certified
LEED® Gold certified

A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building – but especially homes. Why? LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month. Some of the most important buildings in the world use LEED. Shouldn’t the most important building in everyone’s world use LEED, too?