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Gallery: Off-grid Nova Scotia home

Powered totally by the sun, this off-grid home on Nova Scotia’s South Shore has all the comforts of modern living. Photos: James Ingram/JIVE Photographic Click here for an exclusive behind-the-scenes video produced by Jive Photographic of this unique off-grid home. Click here to read the story on this home.

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  • Jennifer Corson and Keith Robertson are partners in Solterre Design, a Halifax architectural firm specializing in green design and off-grid projects.
  • Their home showcases many salvaged items, like the stainless-steel kitchen island.
  • Before using electric kitchen appliances, the family first checks the weather. On cloudy days, they opt for a set of stovetop alternatives.
  • Featuring an open-concept style for the kitchen, dining and family room areas, the home is designed to use 70 to 90 per cent less energy than a typical home of the same size.
  • Featuring an open-concept style for the kitchen, dining and family room areas, the home is designed to use 70 to 90 per cent less energy than a typical home of the same size.
  • Large south-facing picture windows in the family room frame a spectacular view of Lunenburg’s Second Peninsula.
  • Jennifer and Keith sourced the recycled glass in the concrete floor from Truro Sanitation. For the couple, the house is a way to demonstrate some of the ideas they advocate in their work.
  • Both of the home’s showers are lined with old vinyl billboards.
  • Jennifer, Keith and their two children use the house as a weekend getaway. The main bedroom features a unique headboard made from two gothic oak panels that had been screens for the pipe organ pipes at the now-demolished Trinity United Church in Halifax. Jennifer installed shelves behind the panels.
  • Don Wilson of Lunenburg Chiselworks stripped and refinished the huge wooden doors rescued from a 19th-century Halifax estate. The doors are set on tracks in the living room.
  • The house is designed so that it never drops below 15 degrees Celsius inside, even without a heating system.
  • A green roof featuring Maritime wildflowers, fescues and snowdrops helps insulate the house.
  • The cottage is designated LEED Platinum, certifying that it is energy and resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants.
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