Schaefer Residence - Beaumont, PA

On a windswept hilltop site with spectacular views to the north, this double-stud, super-insulated home is comfortable year-round with modest energy consumption due to the attention paid to proper air sealing and insulation.  Oriented with the long dimension along an east-west axis, with appropriately sized roof overhangs to the south, the house is warmed by the low winter sun and shaded from the hot summer sun.  Radiant floor heating keeps the two-story great room comfortable.  From the balcony there is a commanding view through the Great Room and the attached porch toward Miller Mountian to the north.  Standing seam metal roofing and stained fiber-cement lap siding provide a sustainable, low maintenance exterior.