It’s Easy Being Green
The Holts also invest in 100 percent renewable electricity. Being the default electricity supplier for Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, CLC combines the electricity use of all of its customers across the region and solicits bids from power suppliers right here in New England to meet that usage rate with stable prices. Through this process of electricity aggregation, CLC is able to provide competitive rates while also supporting renewable energy. Their Local Green program matches each of CLC’s power supply customers with renewable sources for their energy usage by working with those competitively selected power suppliers to secure local Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Customers can opt in to the CLC Local Green program for either 50 or 100 percent of their usage to be matched with those RECs. And, since the Holts’ home is too shaded for solar panels to be effective, choosing to handle 100 percent of their energy usage through the CLC Local Green program was the perfect solution for them to continue their mission of sustainability.
Green isn’t the only color on Judith’s mind, though. Her remodeled space, completed with the help of Upgrade Construction & Painting, is a vision of inviting neutrals lit by the vibrant natural lighting that streams through custom glass doors (crafted with the effervescent personality reflected in his company name, by local glass artist, Neil Maciejewski of Neil Neil Orange Peel Designs) and large skylights. In the kitchen, the induction stovetop blends seamlessly into a waterfall countertop, textured in swirls of bright tan and warm brown quartz in a leather finish. In keeping with the theme of sustainability, the kitchen cabinets are virtually all original fixtures with new doors for a clean, modern look. “Being able to recycle that material was really important to us,” notes Judith.
Past the kitchen and adjacent living area is the star of the show: a screened-in porch turned three-season haven. Judith and William replaced the screens with 12 30-inch French doors that wrap fully around the space. With two skylights, the light in that room is spectacular, and replacing the screens means that the couple can lift their spirts by relaxing in the space even on more gloomy days, snuggled up with their adorable Miniature Goldendoodle, Emma, of course. “Being in the back of the house where the kitchen overlooks the living room, the porch makes what’s really a small house feel expansive,” says Judith. Sitting on the navy upholstered swinging benches on the porch and looking into the home, a glossy wooden kayak has found its home up on the wall. An homage to family and a testament to the personality of this couple, the kayak, built by William’s father, George, is an unexpected touch that ties the home together beautifully.
Another big change to the home was the addition of a second bathroom. “We turned the original bathroom into two by utilizing a hall space. I probably drew that part of the remodel 100 times to get it to flow correctly,” laughs Judith. A natural creative, it’s no surprise that Judith is always looking at how to redesign the spaces around her. “I’m always thinking about how to do things differently. We don’t always have to do it, but I do have to dream,” she jokes.
Judith and William’s most often shared advice is to work with existing space as much as possible. “An addition isn’t always the answer,” says Judith. “Try to work with what you have as much as possible, and often, there are ways to use that space more effectively so that it works for you.” For a place like Cape Cod, that message is one about preserving a rich history and storied beauty; for the Holts, it’s also one about saving energy and by extension one day, the planet.
Visit Judith Holt online at judithholtdesign.com!
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