She integrates unique pieces, some treasures from childhood (like a stained glass window her father gave her when she was about 15 years old) as well as used finds, IKEA basics, artwork, and her own constructions, like a lamp made from a huge piece of driftwood. Adept at scouring both eBay and Craigslist, Morgan can tell you the story of each piece and how it came to its current resting space (usually a result of some serious bargain hunting followed by a trek in her trusty pickup truck).

Stacey Hedman

With its simple lines, post and beam style construction, and marriage of interior and exterior spaces, the house pays homage to the mid-century architecture that Morgan admires. Her passion has led her to join The Cape Cod Modern House Trust, an organization devoted to preserving the over 100 historically important modern homes in the Cape Cod National Seashore. “People think that these houses are so contemporary, but really, they’ve been around since the twenties and thirties,” she says.

Early Summer 2011

Combining aesthetics with sustainability, Morgan describes her house as “the green movement’s take on mid-century modern: less waste, better materials, but with a similar aesthetic.” According to Noble Home, based in western Massachusetts, every material used in the kit is either recyclable or natural (and locally sourced).

Morgan can run through a laundry list of green features of the house: Low-E Pella windows, Thermasteel panels (a hallmark of Noble Home kits) that offer significant insulation in the walls and roof, the solar heat sink created by the south-facing windows and concrete floors, energy-efficient appliances, and a woodstove (which Morgan installed herself).

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Amanda Wastrom is a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life Publications.

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