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For a new home on a narrow lot on the Westport waterfront, taking in as much of the great view as possible is paramount. But the windy, wet, corrosive environment also demands low-maintenance materials and tight, energy-efficient construction. All that and more come together in this compact two-level contemporary. The top floor contains a master suite with doors that open onto a balcony deck with direct water views. There’s also an artist’s studio and full bath. Downstairs, a great room contains living and dining areas and a kitchen with black walnut cabinets, and there are also two bedrooms, a TV room, a laundry room, a full bath and a powder room. For maximum energy-efficiency, the entire exterior shell—roof, walls and bottom floor—was shot with a thick layer of foam insulation. In such a tight structure, a heat-recovery ventilation system maintains indoor air quality without wasting heating or cooling energy. And for a measure of cost-effective energy independence, a five-kilowatt rooftop solar panel system provides more than half of the house’s electrical needs.
 
 
   
   
 
 
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