Committed to Preservation

Since The Glass Barn was first contemplated, preservation has been at the core of its identity. The project team aims to be responsible stewards of the land. It is led by Meredith resident Amy Grimm, and Jeremy Martin, a Gilford-based builder with a reputation for quality construction and development, and has a strong reputation for preservation.

The Glass Barn will preserve approximately 56%, or 80 acres, of the parcel's total land (141.7 acres), including much of the natural environment that inspired the project's design.

The Glass Barn plans to revegetate the property, planting more than 200 mature birch, oak, poplar and maple trees. To ensure the land remains a natural escape, it will engage in sustainable forest management practices to strengthen the health and longevity of this small part of the Belknap Mountains’ forests.

The property’s quaint cottages will be nestled between the trees, opting to leave the surrounding landscape natural and unspoiled avoiding the creation of traditional yards or driveways. Lawns will be kept to a minimum, opting instead for natural landscape that respects the existing environment. The Glass Barn at Lake Winnipesaukee will be a place in the woods that complements and protects its natural setting.

Sustainability 

Designed to be a sustainable respite, each Glass Barn structure will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards and will use an ultra-high-performance envelope to increase energy efficiency and contain sound.

From a post-construction plan that focuses on non-toxic road maintenance products to keeping lawns to a minimum, which reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticide use, The Glass Barn has been designed to keep its footprint small and commitment to nature large.

Wildlife

As part of the design process, the project team requested the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) search the NH Natural Heritage database. According to the DNCR, there are, "...no recorded occurrences for sensitive species near the project area."  With roughly 80 acres of undeveloped land, The Glass Barn’s commitment to preservation extends to the area's wildlife that helped inspire the project.

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