Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dream Pre Fab Home

Color Rendering  - South Elevation
Over the last few months I've been developing an idealized pre-fab ready small home.  Architects and designers are always designing their ideal home, that rustic retreat we've always wanted.

Of course, this exercise was also an excuse to do a couple of other things. First, was to provide a southward tilting roof for possible solar electric PV's to contribute towards a low energy or net zero use footprint.  The home is sited due south to maximize solar orientation for passive solar heating within the home and solar energy generation.   Second, to keep the
building plan form fairly simple, essentially two boxes offset from one another with a very clear plan with single level living spaces.  This is a two bedroom with a den which could be a third flex sleeping space.    The common area is more of a great room with fireplace and chimney on one end, living, dining and kitchen.  A gallery circulation spine connects bedrooms which embrace the common open area.  The North portion of the home has more service type functions and rooms located there, with need for much less windows.

Ground Floor Plan
There are two south facing porches, one for the master bedroom and one shared by the common areas. All in all the home is about 2,500 to 3,000 sf depending on what you do with it.  I would plan on it being capable of being super-insulated and very energy efficient.  It would use very simple heating systems and rely mostly on passive solar heating with lots of operable windows to allow for cooling.  I will follow over time with additional images of interior renderings and other details as I have the time for them.  In the meanwhile, pleases let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions on how to improve this.

I know I have a stream running through the rendering but it's not in the plan.  I've always conceived of my dream house being next to small stream so I can hear the sound of water nearby.  It really enlivens existence!

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