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Beautiful Country Lots Available

   5 Design/Build Lots Available Now!

Now Available by Carol Audette/Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty

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109 Pleasant Valley Road, Underhill Center, VT                             

mansfield view

This is the view from near the property;  Caseys Hill, which has been preserved as open land and is a favorite sledding hill.

This is quintessential pastoral Vermont property – rolling meadows, long majestic views of Mt. Mansfield, seasonal colors, and scenic beauty on all sides.

These lots are close to town, post office, stores, school and Mt. Mansfield State Park.

You will have easy access to hiking, skiing, and biking trails.

Primary driveways and power in place. No mound systems, all lots have conventional septic designs.

House building envelopes are very private.

Lot 1 – 2.7 acres: $184,000

Lot 2 – 2.5 acres:  $189,000

Lot 3 – 2.8 acres: $189,000

Lot 4 –  10.2 acres: $195,000

Lot 5 – 6.8 acres: $199,000

To schedule a tour call 802-899-2376.



This is the view from lot 2.

Progress on new homes

All of our recent new home construction projects are proceeding on schedule. Several of our clients have already moved in.

Here are the first two in Hinesburg. The road is now called Blueberry Hill.




Here is the house at Mad River.


More photos will follow.

Solar System Complete at Hinesburg family development

USA Solar Store and Dave Bonta have installed this system. It  is made up of 60 Astronergy 255 watt modules for a little over 15kW, using 3 Kaco Blue Planet transformerless  inverters, mounted on adjustable DP& W racking.

The seasonal adjustment can help provide up to 20% more energy, without the use of expensive & complicated solar trackers.

The project was to provide solar electric power to serve 4 -5 homes through a Group Net Meter arrangement .

USA Solar Store’s partner store in Essex Junction, Sherwin Solar Store, did the electrical work and module & Inverter installation.


Another Energy Efficient Modular Home

This is the second home of three in a subdivision in Hinesburg. These modular units are built by Preferred Building Systems ( of Claremont, N.H.

The first module is set, the second ready for lifting.


The second module goes up.IMG_9692


The third module arrives.IMG_9688  IMG_9712

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Fourth module goes up.IMG_9742 IMG_9752IMG_9771

Redefining Custom Modular Homes

Working with Preferred Building Systems of New Hampshire (, and Tamara Marteney AIA of Alpine Architects (, we are building a new energy efficient home for our clients at Mad River Glen.

This home is a hybrid with the use of stick-built, panelized and modular construction.

– High performance in insulation, heating and cooling, and air quality. Exceed “Energy Star” ratings.

– Economy and efficiency in building construction

– Panels and modular sections built in controlled environment

– Specifically designed and engineered materials and fasteners

– All floors, ceilings, wiring, plumbing, windows and doors assembled under optimum conditions.

– Sustainable building practices

The modular units arrived on 6 flatbed trucks. The house was 95% framed and watertight in two days.


Panelized roof section.


At the site, the modules are unwrapped and prepared for setting.


The crane is ready.


Lifting the first module.


Setting the first module.


Proud home owners!


Panelized great room floor deck.


Decking installation.


Lifting the second module.


Setting the second module.


Both modular sections set on previously stick framed walls.


Lifting one of the great room panelized roof sections.


Setting the great room walls.


Setting the first scissor truss panelized roof section.

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Setting a panelized wall.


Six hours in…


Lifting the valley roof sections.


At the end of day one…


Inside the great room.


Inside the second module, looking at shipped loose doors and windows.


Removing the temporary shipping scissor truss roof collar ties.


Inside the great room looking at the panelized cathedral wall arched top window.


Day two. Frame erected and house protected.


Tom with the home owners.

tom and dave and jackie

Roofing complete, July 22, 2015

roof complete

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Words from Passive House Design Homeowner

Stating that her annual projected costs for heating and electricity should not exceed $600, the homeowner writes this about living in her high performance home:

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My house is super comfortable year round, using mainly a ventilating unit, operable windows, the concrete mass floor, and wood stove to control the indoor air temperature, thanks to the smart siting, triple pane windows, and roof overhangs designed into the house. There is no air conditioning system, the house remains in the range of 65 to 85 all year, with little intervention needed from me. The floor is always cool in summer and relatively warm in winter. Whatever is happening outdoors, it is *always* more comfortable inside the house than outside. Occasionally in the summer, I need my small adsorptive dehumidifier after several days of high humidity, to keep the house in the recommended humidity range for the house.

My average annual net metered electric energy consumption is around 5 kWh per day, including all power, appliances, hot water heating, cooking, cleaning, and lawn work. I have a high speed clothes washer and no clothes dryer–my clothes are almost dry when they come out of the washer. My thermoelectric refrigeratoruses around 60 Watts of power, about the same as an old fashioned incandescent lightbulb. All of the light bulbs in my house are solid state (LED). In the fall and winter, the refrigerator is off most of the time, because my mud room is usually at a suitable temperature to keep food and dairy from spoiling, the mudroom functions as my walk-in cooler.

My house and appliances burn zero fossil fuels. I do not have oil or fuel tanks or a gas line. My solar hot water panels preheat my 80 gallon domestic hot water tank in the range of 5F to 120F, with up to 110F preheat on a sunny winter day. My hot water tank heater is permanently shut off at the panel–the sun is my boiler. An instantaneous electric hot water heater bumps up my hot water supply to 120F when needed. If there is extra heat left over in the tank during spring, fall and winter months, I divert it via the heat exchanger into the radiant floor system using thermostats in the bedroom and bathroom. The tank temperature eventually stabilizes at around 70F, the typical temperature of the house.

The ground loop running under the house pre-heats the ventilation air in the winter, and pre-cools it in the summer. The energy recovery unit transfers heat and ensures that the house remains at a comfortable temperature year round while providing ample fresh air even when the windows are closed.