How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home
Polly Guth, Stonelea’s 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire building was originally designed as a summer residence, complete with servants’ quarters, scullery, and outbuildings. Guth had walls knocked out in order to make the kitchen accessible to the main house, had the entire home insulated properly, and brightened the colonial home with new paint and furnishings. 400-foot-deep geothermal wells were dug to provide the home with heat, and a solar field provides all the electricity needed. Bringing this house into the 21st century was certainly a labor of love, and with all of its renovations and eco-savvy upgrades, it will undoubtedly be enjoyed for generations to come.
If you’re interested in learning more about it, the story of this historic renovation has been published as Stonlea: A Timeworn, Gilded Age Survivor Transformed.
Images via the New York Times online
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