How rare it is to take a house and invest a lot of time, effort, and money, and in the end, make it smaller. Now that’s where green building starts. We then make a dramatic upgrade to the energy efficiency of the shell, and the mechanical systems. We take a very leaky, cold, drafty home, and seal up the shell, upgrade the windows, fill the floors walls and roof with dense pack, and loose fill cellulose, and trade the inefficient heat for a split ductless heat pump. And, of course, the foundation of all this is a design by Aaron (Whitney, now with 2fORM Architecture), that takes a bit of a discombobulated mish mash, and turns into a unified whole that feels like it’s always been there.