Luminous oceanfront home in Rhode Island boasts energy-efficient design

This fabulous oceanfront home offers a casual, laid-back atmosphere and energy-efficient design, the work of , located in Weekapaug, Rhode Island. The home was designed to replace a worn-out beach house that had previously resided on the property. The architects were careful to design the architecture to match the rhythm of the line of homes on the street. The front of the home faces the ocean, offering mesmerizing views of Block Island Sound.

This was originally a vacation home for the couple, but when their children had grown, they decided to make this a more permanent residence for retirement. The vacation retreat was replaced with a 4,300 square foot, sustainable design while preserving the neighborhood’s shingle style vernacular.

Project Team: Architects: George Penniman Architects / Builder: Evergreen Building Systems / Landscape Architect: Anne Penniman Associates / Kitchen Designer: Betsy House Kitchens and Baths

The architects utilized the latest building technology to create a super-insulated, tight thermal envelope alongside a geothermal heating and cooling system. “This home has an estimated average monthly heating and cooling cost of just over $100,” states the architects. Although its building systems are modernized, the home remains harmonious within its traditional context through thoughtful attention to size, form, and details.

Sustainable Features: LEED Silver | Energy Star Certification | 5-Star Plus Home Energy Rating Certificate

What We Love: This gorgeous oceanfront home features an exquisite neutral color scheme with pops of turquoise and orange—the homeowner’s favorite colors. Inviting living and entertaining areas are located on the first level, offering idyllic ocean facing views. The master bedroom suite also offers incredible ocean views, set on the upper level of this home.

Readers, please share with us what features of this home you find most desirable and why in the comments below!

Above: Set on the second level is this classic New England sleeping porch, complete with a hanging bed, provides the perfect refuge for napping and reading. The porch adjoins the children’s bedrooms at the back of the home.

Above: The main entrance is located at the side of the home and opens to the “dogtrot” connector.

Photos: Warren Jagger Photography

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this house looks nice.

geothermal heat pumps are very efficient but the economic proposition generally makes little sense. it’s like buying a $100,000 tesla automobile to “save money”. I considered getting a geothermal heat pump at my house and the quoted price was nearly $45,000.