Over 5 years ago, Developer and Builder Mario Romano and his wife Anya embarked on a journey to create a perfect house together. Like trying to create the quintessential meal beginning with the style of cuisine to the details of each recipe, this veteran builder and screenplay writer drew up plans for many homes to find the right fit. First Cape Cod, then Georgian, then Spanish and when they tried modern, something clicked in both appearance and in their pursuit of a green and sustainable home. Then came the architects, an experiment to go prefab which was cost prohibitive, and the search for the best technology and design in the heating, cooling, fixtures, materials and installations.
In the end, Mario designed much of the house using Google Sketch up, a free program. He then found others that shared in his vision to help bring their dream to life. Greg Flewin, Designer, worked closely with Mario in finalizing the form and function of the home. Keiko Harada, Interior Designer, picked out the flooring, cabinets, tiles, bathroom and kitchen fixtures and helped with the overall color palate of the home. Dave Minor, Mechanical Engineer, installed and built a state of the art, three level, radiant floor heating and cooling system and solar thermal panel system, adding to the overall sustainability of the house. Cool on hot days without AC and warm on cool days without the need for gas heat, the house runs completely off the grid including an electric car charger in the garage.
Every decision was an open discussion between husband and wife. It was like writing a novel together or a play with hopes, surprises both wonderful and difficult, relationships with new people who extended their community, and fiscal and bureaucratic challenges.
When the 6,000 sqft, 5 bedroom and 6 bathroom home was near completion, the feeling of reaching their journey’s end was upon them. They turned to Real Estate Broker Simon Salloom to represent them in the sale of their house and within the month it was sold. The completed project is designed with architectural purpose, ecological conscience & extraordinary aesthetics. Elegant designer fixtures were carefully selected and installed throughout the home, internationally sourced for the apex of refinement in every interaction.