When Amy and Craig emigrated to Vermont from Massachusetts a decade ago, they moved from an 1870’s farmhouse to a Cape that was built in 1760. They did what they could to make the Cape more energy efficient – including adding a PV system to the roof, but eventually the maintenance required by the house and the forty acre property began to feel like too much. They began thinking about downsizing into a modest, energy-efficient house that would have low utility bills and be easy to maintain.
For twenty-five years, Cindy and Bob Maynard ran adventure travel companies that brought groups of clients on walking, hiking and biking trips all over the world. Ten years ago they decided to dial back on their traveling, and settle more fully into life in northern Vermont.
When Danielle and Adam were researching options for building a new high performance home, she began looking online, and he followed up with a friend who had recently built a home in Maryland. They were pleasantly surprised to learn that one of the more interesting companies she had found online – Unity Homes – was the same company that had provided the shell of their friend’s home in Maryland.
Chris and Sue were living and working in the Boston area when they began considering the possibility of moving to the Upper Valley area of Vermont. They and their two young daughters would often spend weekends in Quechee, VT, where they were drawn to the landscape, the activities, the culture and the pace of life.
After growing up in New England and then moving away for school and work, Laura dreamed of returning and having a farm. She didn’t make it all the way back to Vermont, but she and her husband Bill were eventually able to settle in southern New Jersey in an area of fertile farmland to pursue a more resilient lifestyle.
Thanks to Pat’s long career in the diplomatic corps, she and her husband Darryl have lived in many different countries and experienced a wide variety of housing types. In Norway, they became enchanted with hytter, the small cabins in the woods that every Norwegian family seemed to own. While renting these cabins for weekend getaways, Pat and Darryl found that they liked living remotely in the woods and decided to pursue this lifestyle in the U.S. for their retirement.
When Carol and Howard embarked on the journey to build a new home, they were already experienced in home construction, having built or renovated 4 homes and moved 14 times in their more than 60 years of marriage. With this experience under their belt, they were confident in their decision to have Unity build their final retirement home.