An Aluminum-Clad Green Energy Home in England

Green Orchard, the home Paul Archer designed for his parents outside Bristol, England, sows the seeds of an active retirement.

Architect Paul Archer has made a career of adapting and extending historic English houses for dozens of clients in and around London. But when his mother and stepfather decided to move out of their 17th-century stone farmhouse, they wanted him to start from scratch to achieve, as he puts it, "something modern and low-maintenance." Making a tall order more vertiginous still, they also wanted zero-carbon energy demands and to have plenty of space to garden.

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