Cornish, Maine — Green Home For Sale

Beautiful open concept green energy efficient straw bale timber frame home situated perfectly on a private lot for maximum solar gain. Constructed by talented craftsmen experienced with the concept and directed by passionate and knowledgeable owners

Listing ID: 20264

  • Accessible Home
  • Energy Efficient Home
  • EnergyStar Home
  • Green Home
  • GreenBuilt Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Natural Home
  • Straw bale

Annual Property Tax $3,727
Annual Utility Cost $2,000
Home Area 2,000 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 3 acres
Year Built 2006

Property Description

This exquisite home was constructed by talented tradesmen who are well known throughout Maine and New Hampshire for their craftsmanship and attention to detail. However, as great as these professionals are, the project was orchestrated by the owners who share a knowledge and passion for green energy efficient timber frame homes.

Situated on 3 private wooded acres the property is nicely landscaped with a variety of different fruit trees, rose, flower and vegetable gardens. Down the drive is a 2 car garage with a heated finished space above that is currently being used as a sewing shop. There are only several other homes on this peaceful dead end road.

The homes design on the on the outside looks simple yet takes a page out of what you would find in northern Europe. The walls are stucco with hand troweled rounded corners that finish into the window frames and roof eaves making the exterior extremely durable and easy to maintain. To get the maximum gain from the winter sun, the windows are insulated but not tinted.During the summer months when the sun sits higher in the sky the ultaviolet Ray’s from the sun are blocked by the intentionally designed roof overhangs keeping the home cooler and comfortable. Another unique feature is the insulation used in the walls and the roof. The walls are close to 2 feet thick and are insulated with STRAW giving the walls an R-value of 40. The roof contains open cell soy based foam and has an R value that is also 40. Not many people realize the green efficiency and health aspects of this type of insulation. The frame was constructed by Tim Bernard one of Maine’s finer framers and well known for his joinery on timber frames.

Once you enter this home, you understand what this property is all about. As you can see in the pictures it is stunning. The wood pegged beams on the soaring Cathedral ceiling and balconies offer an open concept that shares different depths and dimensions in the same space. The floors on the first level are warmed with a radiant heat system underneath. The second level is warmed by Concept Radiator Panels which are designed to act like the sun, heating objects and people, not just air. The system is fueled by economical, energy efficient propane gas.

The kitchen is expertly equipped with custom built cherry cabinets, a large center island, 6 burner Wolf gas stove and sub-zero refrigerator which makes it perfect for entertaining large crowds.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The home was positioned to take advantage of the sun. It has bale straw walls and open cell soy based insulation on the roof. Both walls and roof have an R-value of 40. The heating system is a modern gas fired forced hot water boiler that radiant heats the floors on the first level and powers the concept radiant panels in the rooms upstairs.

Neighborhood Description

This beautiful green timber frame home is located on 3 secluded wooded acres of privacy in the western foothills of Maine Although the area is rural it is benefited by location. Locally you are only minutes away from ponds and lakes for fishing and swimming yet just a few miles from Cornish and all the local restaurants, pubs, antiqu and grocery shops. In an hours time you can be sitting at your desk in Portland, catching a flight from the jet port or skiing and shopping in North Conway

Market Area

This is a quiet town in Southwestern Maine. Close to many attractions and local shopping.

School District


Parsonsfield is a very nice well managed rural town that has been actively modernizing its structures and systems with efforts preparing for the future.
A close and friendly community that has a welcoming nature to anyone who wants to enjoy the experience of community.

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area Yes
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration Other
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Hybrid
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Straw bale
Wood Timber Frame
Exterior Finish Masonry
Interior Finish Cement Plaster
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Linoleum
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Other
Urethane Foam

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Detached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 288 sqft