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Sustainable in Scituate

Photovoltaics on the roof and loads of insulation make this Shingle Style beauty the picture of energy efficiency.

CHARMING IN ITS SIMPLICITY, the weathered 1930s cottage that sat on this coastal Scituate lot had character that appealed to its new owners, but it was too cramped to accommodate their family of four. “There were structural issues that made salvaging the house impractical,” says Alison Alessi of Dennis-based A3 Architects, who was hired to design a more spacious and energy-efficient residence. Built on a budget, the new, uberinsulated 2,600-square-foot house harnesses the sun to produce energy. While the home’s sustainable elements give it a modern sensibility, its Shingle Style facade honors the architecture of the original structure.

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