Electrical grids in cities and countries are overburdened all over the country. Load reduction is no longer an idea, it’s a necessity. Phuis is a nonprofit organization that is creating healthier buildings that are better for the planet and the people on it. They use passive building techniques and innovative design ideas to create energy-efficient homes, offices and public buildings. This breathtaking New York Forever House by Christina Griffin is an example of how Phuis is using its retrofit program to make homes from any era more eco-friendly for the modern homeowner.

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At night a two-story home brightly lit from within

Phuis has a goal of lowering the heavy load that has been placed on electrical grids all over the country. Forever House was designed by Architect Christina Griffin and built using Phuis passive building techniques. Griffin’s goal was to show how environmentally-friendly homes can still be extremely New York chic.

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A bathroom with an open square window behind the bathtub

The elegant, modern design she created is a perfect way to showcase it. This home began its life in 1905 as a pretty cottage. Now, it has earned the name Forever House. The name represents the home’s durability and sustainability. Any home that can have an entire second life as an eco-friendly dream more than a century after it was built certainly deserves the name Forever.

A bedroom with curtains covering a screen door

Additionally, the home was made for fossil-free living and matched Phius+ Source Zero standards. The home presented a challenge because it needed to be optimized for both the chilling winters and hot summers of New York. The result is a beautiful, innovative design that has beautiful views and an energy-efficient design in all seasons.

A kitchen with a wooden island and wooden stools

Inside, the interior is light and airy. It’s full of wood and big, open spaces. Through the windows, green spaces are visible because they fill up the area outside the home. Wooden ceiling beams add character to some rooms, where soft shades of paint play against the gleaming hardwood floors.

A piano sitting in a living room space with stairs leading up to the second floor and a desk facing a window

The Forever House not only looks modern, it’s full of innovative features and a minimalistic design. It has been revamped and redone for the modern era in the spirit of retrofitting. The architect wanted to set an example and show off all the possibilities you can find in this home.

+ Christina Griffin

Photography by Suzanne Levine and John Maggiotto