By taking development upward and focusing on extending the living areas to the outdoors in locations where the temperature is normally nice, more time outside is just a few steps away. This also reduces building costs as the interior space is condensed as compared to many other newly constructed residential homes.
The Californian Hover House is one of a series of homes from Glen Irani Architects that focuses on creating an optimal outdoor environment by not using up an entire lot with a sprawling floor plan. This is the 3rd design of this type of home from the architectural team, and this particular one is on a smaller lot space, which was an inspiration for the vertical build.
This model features many enhancements from other similarly built constructions from the team, including a rooftop wind tower and strategically placed windows for natural ventilation without the need for air conditioning. The rooftop also contains solar panels which help to balance out the electrical demands of the home, offsetting use by 80%.
The materials used greatly reduce the need for upkeep, such as glass and concrete, and they are also durable. Another constructional facet used was a tar-free, cold application roofing process in combination with the exterior slate panels to reduce emissions.
Above images are © Glen Irani Architects.
With an interesting name like the Green Lantern, this family home was also constructed with a sustainable vision.
From John Grable Architects, this residence in Texas is actually a completely transformed renovation of a 1948 ranch style home. Different levels were added to the once single story home provide extra living spaces without invading the existing land space.
Also, attention was paid to the natural landmarks on the building site, as the whole project was planned around the gorgeous oak trees. These provide lots of welcome shade and in combination with the extensions, arbors and green roof offers shading and helps keep the home cool.
The floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow a connection to the outdoors, allowing an extended and open feel.
The chimney travels all the way to the top terrace and forms an inviting outdoor fire pit.
For homes that were made with the intention of spending more time outdoors, the interiors are still pretty welcoming, too.
Above images are © John Grable Architects – Inc.
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