Beauty on a Budget

A Portland architect’s energy efficient, single-family home.

By Meadow Rue Merrill   
Photographed by Trent Bell

How do you build one of Portland’s most energy efficient, single-family homes on a budget?

First, find a dilapidated ranch on a double lot in a good neighborhood and buy it despite the clear-indentation of an in-ground pool buried in the backyard.

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Meadow Rue Merrill is an award-winning Maine journalist and frequent contributor to Down East.

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