Meadowbrook Acres Home Tour to include five houses

Neighborhood association reaches agreement with nearby Chesapeake Energy Corp.
BY TIM FALL trfall@gmail.com Published: June 22, 2013

In renovating his cottage, Littlefield has achieved what he calls a “1920s industrial loft look” with an emphasis on efficiency and a reliance on repurposed materials.

Demolishing walls, Littlefield opened up the shoebox home, creating a “simple, open and bright” space that flows from living room to dining area to kitchen. The home's narrow hardwood floor planks are painted gleaming white, as are the walls.

“At night, it's an awesome look,” Littlefield said.

A super-efficient bedroom and bathroom round out the interior, but in Littlefield's vision the interior is only a fraction of the property's living space.

Outside he has created his “rain deck,” open on three sides to a lush garden, with a translucent roof overhang that diffuses light and “sounds incredible” in the rain.

Down a flagstone path is the converted garage — a guest house Littlefield has christened “The Bamboo Inn.” Inspired by his love for RV camping, the cozy quarters feature a living room, kitchen, bath and full bedroom in just a few hundred square feet.

An avid gardener, Littlefield has made sure that not an inch is wasted in the land surrounding his house. “Dollywood” is the name of one gathering spot beyond a bamboo canopy. Down a different path lies the “Party Deck.”

An organic vegetable garden supplies him with fresh produce.

Other gardens are to be featured on the tour, including the organic garden of Barry and Anni Bragg at 1129 NW 56 and the garden/pool retreat built by Robert and Susie Reid at 1143 NW 57.

Homes open for the tour include the home of John and Trig Sturgis, at 1143 NW 56, built in 2011 with ICF concrete exterior walls and designed for maximum energy efficiency throughout.

Architect David Wanzer and his wife, Dara, designed and built four remarkable homes at 1133 NW 56, an example of high-density residential living that fits seamlessly into the neighborhood.


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