Cocks & Delaney

327 Main St. Mahone Bay
Nova Scotia
(902) 624-0827

"The Fernside" - an energy-efficient 800 sq. ft. home in Mahone Bay, NS

A small energy footprint in a compact home.

An 800 sq.ft., single-storey, two-bedroom home, built at 92 Pinegrove St., Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, in 2010.


  • Two bedrooms
  • Two three-piece baths and one powder room.
  • Open concept kitchen, living room and dinette.
  • Attached carport.
  • Maintance free exterior of pre-finished cape-cod siding
  • Low-E argon vinyl-clad casement windows
  • 30-year laminate shingles
  • All wood 2x6 kiln dried studs
  • Plywood sheathing
  • House is built on a fully insulated concrete slab that will be heated with a two-zoned six-stage high efficency radiant electric boiler.
  • Ceiling and walls will be insulated according to the new energy efficient standards.
  • Engineered truss roof
  • Green options include:
    • Solar hot water heating
    • Rainwater collection system
    • Air-tight, wood heating

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Kiln-dried 2x6 studs and plywood sheathing

House is built on a fully-insulated slab.

house with trusses
Engineered trusses go up.

Engineered trusses
Engineered trusses


insulation and vapor barrier
Attention is paid to insulation and energy efficiency throughout the construction.

Side door and carport
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Pre-finished siding is maintenance free.
Maintenance free, pre-finished siding

Laying the in-floor heating:
Laying the plastic tubing on top of styrofoam, attached to a wire grid

Covering the tubing with cement

Waiting for the cement to dry.

Carport from behind the house

Energy efficient windows and doors
Vapour barrier, energy efficient windows and doors

house and carport
Low-E argon vinyl-clad casement windows are energy-efficient.