Verdant Living

Verdant Living

Weston, MA

Working closely with a past client turned developer, LDa designed the renovation and expansion of this c. 1897 home to be respectful of the home’s age, while incorporating cutting-edge sustainable design technologies. Green Phoenix Development is committed to the preservation of historic homes through the application of modern energy and resource efficient systems - setting new standards for increasing the lifespan of existing housing stock well into the future.

Starting with a 5-bedroom Victorian Farmhouse style home in one of Boston’s western suburbs, the intent was to correct an awkward 1960s addition, expand and rethink the layout, add a larger garage and bring all systems to current sustainable design standards. The core historic section of the home was preserved where possible, with the entry, dining room and kitchen located as they once were, but augmented with changes in size and function. The expanded first floor now houses the primary living spaces as well as a new pantry, office and mudroom. The stair core was opened up, with the second floor bedrooms remaining in place, and a new master suite was added as part of the addition. To accommodate planned spaces in the basement, the foundation was deepened by four feet. With the added height, a new gym, media/game room, laundry, wine room, storage and mechanical room were added. The new 3-car garage is connected to the existing home with a side entrance gallery adjacent to the mudroom. Above the parking area is a new studio, bedroom and bath – flexible space that can be used for the new owner’s specific needs.

The interiors of the home were designed to reflect the overall mission of the project – a balance between the historic fabric and the practicalities of modern living. Custom millwork and paneling are traditional features, contrasted with contemporary lighting, tile, hardware and color choices. 



Developer: Green Phoenix Development

Architect: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Interior Design: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Builder: Essex Restoration

Home Stager: BK Classic Collections Home Stagers

Photographer: Greg Premru Photography


USGBC LEED Homes Awards: Outstanding Single Family Project 2020

U.S. Department of Energy: 2020 Housing Innovation Award, Custom Spec

2020 BRAGB PRISM Awards: Gold- Best High Performance/ Energy Efficient Home


LEED v4 for Homes
LEED for Homes, Platinum 
EPA Indoor airPLUS h
Energy Star 
Zero Energy Ready Home

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