Green House from page 52
"We wanted something bright for the basement," says Whitney of the lime-green walls.
Spray foam insulation (covered here with green paint) was applied throughout the
entire house, and a tankless on-demand water heater and LED lighting help make the
home energy efficient and cut down on bills ("Our biggest heating bill this winter was
$80," says Chad). The table acts as a rejuvenation area for the orchids: "We let them
hang out here until they bloom again," says Chad. The basement also has a guest
room; 13 of Whitney's out-of-town family members happily stayed in the home for
the couple's wedding. An expansive-feeling glass door opens to a bath with a walk-in
shower. "Because the basement ceilings are low, and my son is tall, we jackhammered
the floor of the shower so that he can stand comfortably," says Ilene. A durable tile
made to look like Carrara marble lines the floor and walls.
Ilene created one large master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a
welcoming bath from the home's original two bedrooms (one with a
tub so tiny the couple now use it for a planter in the garden). Zerra
polished slate runs on a diagonal across the floor and side of the
tub, contrasting with the vertical ribbed porcelain tile on the wall
inside the tub. In keeping with the family's philosophy of sustainable
building, Ilene scooped up a granite remnant from another job and
brought it in for the bath's countertop, which sits atop a custom oak
vanity by Dennis Putnam.
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