We were still living in the UK when we began the house design, so a good architect
based in Maine was a must. After a bit of web searching, we came across the website
of Theodore and Theodore Architects, who are based near Bath, in Maine. We saw that
the buildings they had designed won awards for their solar features.
We liked the style of Theodore and Theodore’s buildings, which include passive and
active solar features. Their designs are modern, yet sympathetic to local building
styles, use local materials and are sustainable. Although we were still living in
the UK at that time, we worked with Theodore and Theodore using Yahoo Groups to share
information, to come up with a design.
We wrote them a brief about the way we live, our likes and dislikes. They came up
with a great design on the first iteration. They also helped us choose the best site
to build our house. After a few minor adjustments we were ready to go ahead with
Our top tip:
Grill your architects. What energy efficient homes have they designed? Ask to visit
one or more. They should be able to offer you loads of ideas on how to incorporate
energy savings into your plans. All architects should be able to do this, but sadly,
many don’t. The American Institute of Architects has resources for people who want
to work with architects who are interested in sustainability.
For more details of our design, click the links below or go to the next page.