This vacation home in the Berkshires is both in the trees and of the trees. The view to a secluded pond on the steeply sloped site is through the tree tops. A large tree trunk in the center of the living area, supporting exposed fir beams, literally brings the outside in. The compact structure was designed for low maintenance and energy efficiency. For achieving a HERS Index of 49 (energy consumption less than 1/2 that of a house designed to current building codes) under the DOE Energy Star program, the owners received a rebate from the local utility company.
As seen in Cabin Living (September 2016)