When Ellen and Rich approached Unity in 2020, they wanted to creatively consolidate their living situation. Their primary residence was in the Hudson Valley, and they owned a property several hours away in Mystic, CT that they used on weekends and for short-term rentals. Would it be feasible for them to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) behind the rental property they already owned, and move there?
The builder of this Zum-style home in northwest Connecticut also happens to be the owner. Mason Lord of Hudson Valley Preservation has decades of experience restoring and renovating historic buildings. When it came time for Mason to build his own home, he chose to work with Unity. Because Unity prefabricated and assembled the high-performance shell of his home, Mason didn’t have to do the “heavy lifting.” He also knew that Unity’s careful attention to material selection, detailing and building science would result in a home that’s healthy, comfortable and very energy efficient.
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.
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.