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October 2006


REAL ESTATE

Deeds & Don'ts

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As for the property, its two acres offer old-fashioned pleasures, including a restored barn, mature apple and cherry trees and a pond that the kids use for swimming and ice-skating. It's listed for $1.9 million with Dori Seamans of Realty Seven in Wilton (203-762-5548).

Guzzle Not: A Zero-Emissions Home in Weston
Credit builder Rob Gary for setting greener standards for high-end spec homes. He has just put the finishing touches on what might be the most environmentally friendly house in Weston.

"I didn't want to build a house that wears its energy-efficiency like a green badge of courage," says the affable Gary, whose Little Mountains Building Company is based in Redding. Indeed, his Weston house is no straw-bale yurt. The 6,400-square-foot, shingle-style home hides its green amenities well, from the roofing shingles made of recycled material—as handsome as wood, but longer lasting—to a geothermal heating and cooling system and photovoltaic panels, which furnish an estimated 30 percent of the total energy needed.

Gary installed the panels on one corner of the two-acre lot, tying them into a metering program that feeds energy into the area's electrical grid—the homeowner gets a credit on his electric bill if production exceeds the home's needs. He also went to the trouble of saving the wood from trees that were cut from the lot—just like Connecticut's first settlers, he had the logs milled and put them to good use, as paneling in the living room.

Beyond its green appeal, Gary has opted for custom details not typical in a spec home. Outside, it features cedar-shake siding, copper flashing, a wraparound mahogany porch and an outdoor fireplace.

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