With a client wish-list including ample natural light, high ceilings, outdoor connection, and peak energy efficiency, Mowery Marsh Architects check off all the boxes and more.

In the kitchen, White Oak floors, inset walnut cabinets, Fireclay subway tile, and Caesartone countertops read more classic vibes, while the furnishings—such as the Reno Table from Structube, Channel Chairs by Industry West, and ADAM Stools by Frama Denmark—are modern counterpoints. Appliances include a Thermador 36" Freedom Induction Cooktop and an inconspicuous Thermador 36" Downdraft Ventilation, as well as a Miele Dishwasher, convection oven, and speed oven.

“The most challenging aspect of achieving these goals was the location of the home on a typical residential street in Madison, New Jersey,” explain architects Jennifer and Brian Marsh of the Hoboken–based firm Mowery Marsh Architects. They wrapped this project in 2017. “We felt it was important to be sensitive to the context given the proximity to the neighbors.” 

The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Passive House presents a welcoming and streamlined front porch to the street. "Fortunately, the positioning of the house allowed us to provide more traditionally proportioned windows at the front on the north side, with larger, lean metal units that open views to the backyard," explain the architects.

The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Passive House presents a welcoming and streamlined front porch to the street. “Fortunately, the positioning of the house allowed us to provide more traditionally proportioned windows at the front on the north side, with larger, lean metal units that open views to the backyard,” explain the architects.

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For the home’s style, the clients sought “something timeless that couldn’t be labeled traditional or contemporary,” note the architects, with open and airy interior spaces that convey warmth. 

An exterior light from Barn Light Electric illuminates the entry.

An exterior light from Barn Light Electric illuminates the entry.

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“Having been from Belgium, they had a unique perspective on the design and desire for the home to be energy efficient,” the architects continue. 

“We always offer the potential of a high-performing house to our clients and then discuss with them their level of commitment to that approach. Once we explained the Passive House concepts, they were fully onboard, which allowed us to design without worrying about integrating bulky HVAC systems.”

An L-shaped living, dining, and kitchen area overlook the backyard via full-height, triple-paned units from European Architectural Supply.  "These high-performing European windows have substantial frames that are designed to not conduct cold and are also very well-sealed," the architects add. They used Schuco AWS75 Aluminium for the large first-floor units and Schuco SI82 uPVC for the smaller second-floor units.

An L-shaped living, dining, and kitchen area overlook the backyard via full-height, triple-paned units from European Architectural Supply.  “These high-performing European windows have substantial frames that are designed to not conduct cold and are also very well-sealed,” the architects add. They used Schuco AWS75 Aluminium for the large first-floor units and Schuco SI82 uPVC for the smaller second-floor units.

Haris Kenjar

See the full story on Dwell.com: A New Jersey Neighborhood Gets a Gorgeous Passive House

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