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New Southport Colonial Makes Smart Choices On Energy Efficiency

The home at 161 Butternut Lane in Westport offers "Smart" technology to create energy efficiency. Photo Credit: Contributed by KMS Partners
The chef's kitchen features top appliances. Photo Credit: Contributed
The house uses the latest in home efficiency design. Photo Credit: Contributed by KMS Partners
Butternut Lane in Westport Photo Credit: Contributed by KMS Partners

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A newly-constructed 5-bedroom Colonial on a convenient cul-de-sac in Southport offers an assortment of amenities. It is what potential buyers cannot see, however, that makes the house an Earth Day treasure.

The property at 161 Butternut Lane in Fairfield is being offered for $1,495,000 by Susan Seath of KMS Partners. It includes three full baths, one partial bath, 9-foot ceiling, hardwood floors, a fantastic kitchen and 1.34 acres.

Builder Chris O’Dell, the owner of O-Living Experience, points out that the home’s uniqueness and value stems from its Smart Energy design. Double-thick exterior walls are packed with twice the insulation of most homes. The design provides exceptional interior temperature retention and superb soundproofing.

The house also includes an interior/exterior ventilation system. The constant recirculation of fresh air results in vastly superior indoor air quality. This tight “thermal envelope,” coupled with tankless hot water heaters, LED lighting and other innovations, creates an astonishing energy efficiency that helps owners save thousands of dollars a year.

“Nearly everyone else builds to code,” O’Dell said. “We go way beyond that, in everything from indoor air quality to site management. Our construction costs are a little higher. But the payback is huge.”

The home blends timeless New England beauty with adaptations to today’s lifestyle. The house features 5,600 square feet of living space with generously scaled rooms for ideal flow. The main level includes a two-story foyer, living room/library, formal dining room and chef’s kitchen that opens to a family room. There is also a home office and mud room.

The second floor features a master suite, one en suite bedroom and two bedrooms with a shared bath. The bonus room/fifth bedroom also has a bathroom, and is a convenient bonus area. The walk-out lower level could be used as a media room, exercise area or recreational room with a ping-pong or pool table.

The energy features include a passive solar design, on-demand hot water heater, high-efficiency heating and cooling system and home automation of lighting, climate, entertainment and security that can be controlled via an app.

Click here for the property listing or contact Susan at or at 203-984-0143.

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