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Windsor Mallett has been building McMansions and traditional colonials in New England for more than 30 years.

Windsor Mallett has been building McMansions and traditional colonials in New England for more than 30 years.

After decades of success, Mallett decided to round out his career with a dream project — to build smaller, energy-efficient and sustainable homes that appeal to peoples’ ideals as well as their aesthetic vision.

Tempietto Homes was born in 2008, and Mallett has spent the past two years developing 12 different pre-engineered home designs that he believes are space- and energy-efficient without breaking the bank.

“In most cases, it’s not economically feasible to build an efficient, intelligent and beautiful house, even on a small scale. We are working on trying to achieve that,” he says. “The houses we’re building are smaller, but more poetic. We use decks, work with views and break the mold of traditional floor plans.”

Tempietto manages to keep the price lower on these houses by utilizing a hybrid approach to building, which involves a pre-engineered shell with a customized interior.

By limiting their designs, Tempietto is able to work with a New Hampshire-based company that uses robots to build the home off-site and ships it to Tempietto in pieces. Tempietto puts the home together, similar to a Lincoln Logs toy and then customizes the interior and environmental features, according to Mallett.

“In a week, the structure is up. The process of getting it done is immensely simplified,” he says.

 
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