Welcome to Michael Belleau Architect, designing buildings both simple and sustainable using a modern regional contemporary craftsmanship approach since 2001.
Your needs are unique, not generic. You love New England and deserve architecture that allows you to simplify your life and maximize the enjoyment each day can bring. You would like a Passive House using almost no energy to heat your home.
Nature is present in country and city in the form of changing light and weather as well as in plants and materials. My favorite Emerson quote from his essay 'Nature':
"Standing on the bare ground, -my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, -all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all;...".
Bring nature into your life while maximizing your sites potential. Make the most of your project. Don't be timid; use design to reach your goals.