TAG: Energy efficient

Zero Cottage Reconceives The Townhouse

Zero Cottage Reconceives The Townhouse

From David Baker Architects, the Zero Cottage in San Francisco, California is an interesting space. The vertical construction was an addition to its neighboring building. Reinventing what the inner workings of a residence can offer, a multifunctional aspect was applied to the structure. The cottage portion consists of  712 square feet of residential living area, which is situated over a workshop. The addition also includes apartment space, 2 bedrooms and a studio, as well as a storefront at street level. In addition to achieving other green certifications, the Zero Cottage is a NET PLUS building, and the sustainable features create more energy… read more

Family Ranches With Sustainable Style

Family Ranches With Sustainable Style

Updating old buildings and redeeming them into livable, inviting spaces takes skill and planning. Reusing original materials and salvaged finds also takes a clever eye. The following brought-back-to-life farmhouses are examples of how a clean, fresh home can be established while still holding onto the characteristic elements from the past. From Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, this home has distinguished details and a gorgeous design inside and out. Upscale but not stuffy, the Hupomone Ranch is set on a sprawling 160 acres of Californian farmland that is settled in the Chileno Valley. It remained unused for more than 3 decades when purchased for… read more

Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive homes can be seen throughout history in many different regions around the world. Building around the climate to make homes more efficient and comfortable indoors has been employed by common sense builders for centuries. However, the term passive houses was coined and researched for more widespread use in 1990 when the first home to include the name was initiated and built by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist. This type of structure utilizes passive energy and passive solar gains. Passive designs are intended to make the most use of shading and daytime sunlight. In addition to being well ventilated, they also employ… read more

WFH House Offers A Sustainable Prefab Design

WFH House Offers A Sustainable Prefab Design

The way many are thinking of housing has been changing for the past several years. Some construction designs are focusing on smaller floor plans and economical materials, and others are trying to budget and fit in what is most important to a sustainable lifestyle. Arcgency has come up with a model for a prefabricated and modular home with a flexible design called WFH House. The framework is made from shipping containers and uses 40 foot high standard sections as the support systems. The building can actually be configured in several ways in order to serve different functions. It can also be changed to fit various weather conditions,… read more

Fall House With Copper Exterior (And Killer Views)

Fall House With Copper Exterior (And Killer Views)

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to own a vacation home. Which is probably why appreciating images of gorgeous spots meant for relaxing can be appealing. One for the eyes is called the Fall House from Fougeron Architecture. Located in California on Big Sur, this dramatic home is affixed in the cliffs along the rugged coastline. Implanted in the landscape, there is a distinctive view of the Pacific Ocean in this yard. The frame of the home was positioned to naturally lay with the site, so it offers curves and shapes instead of a boxed-in form. The load bearing portion of… read more

How To Make Steel Blend Into The Landscape

How To Make Steel Blend Into The Landscape

Located in the hills in California, this home from Barton Myers Associates is a model for seamlessly merging cold construction materials organically into the landscape. Comprised mostly of steel and concrete, the Montecito Residence is uniquely situated on a tricky arboreal and rugged plot. While the topography is gorgeous, wild and includes thick greenery, huge onsite boulders and oak trees, it was likely a challenge to begin plans as to how to position a home on the site. For the build the architectural team had a home in mind that could be replicated and mass produced with materials like exposed… read more

The Advantages Of Bioclimatic Architecture

The Advantages Of Bioclimatic Architecture

Bioclimatic architecture focuses on the individual’s relation to environmental conditions and the climate when considering a build. Thinking about how design and architectural elements can enhance a living space and property while allowing a home to be more connected to nature is the goal. Bioclimatic homes apply traditional building methods that have been employed for centuries because they are common sense and they work, instead of relying only on mechanical systems. Studying the geographic region, landscape and building site allow better decisions in making it more efficient. A bioclimatic home may also look at design in terms of biomimicry, or looking at… read more

Family Designs With Nature In Mind

Family Designs With Nature In Mind

Homes intended for family life do not have to be boring, and the following 2 designs are reminders. Called the Earth House Project, this concept design from Molos Group presents an interesting spin on a single family home. Built into the ground, the plans show how the structure would look if the landscape helped shape the exterior. The home is envisioned to be set in an area outside of the city, enveloped in natural surroundings. The sharp angles are softened by how the structure appears to lay in the grass. The architects stated about the project: “…we believe that the beauty in architecture is a… read more

Decked Out

Decked Out

Homes that have a place for hanging out on the deck are a bonus when the weather is nice. The following are neat indoor – outdoor designs that incorporate decks with style. The team at Andrew Maynard Architects have developed many interesting projects, and several of their residential designs offer an element of whimsy along with modern construction. Their update of this Australian vacation house included a sprawling, easily accessible outdoor deck area that gives the place a unique façade. This deck on the Anglesea beach house renovation is a unique and fun presentation. Built with timber, it stands out from the original… read more

The Lure Of A Courtyard

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Courtyards have been used in residences and businesses worldwide throughout history. Along with their inviting appeal, they can also be energy efficient spaces. One study examined how the use of courtyards in the Mediterranean area also serves a functional purpose as passive energy systems. The walls, placement and size of courtyards can lend to considerably cooler temperatures in warmer weather. Courtyards are popular in many regions where the weather is accommodating to outdoor living. From Klopf Architecture, this Eichler style remodel incorporated existing gables and a centrally located garden turning the home into an open and inviting place. The new enclosed courtyard… read more