Exterior, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type Achieving such efficiency and maintaining the integrity of the wetlands and woodlands on the property meant more research for both the designers and the resident—just getting approval for the siting of the buildings and the driveway took eight months—but Hague is hardly one to do things half way. “A lot of times couples engage in house-building, like birds. I'm doing this solo, more like a monk,” he says of the deeply personal undertaking.  Photo 11 of 13 in A Passive House and "Sauna Tower" Join a 19th-Century Barn in the Hudson Valley from A Modern Dark Tower