Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Above: The yoga/meditation room has some of the best views in the house, thanks to large window openings facing north and east. A flexible space, it can be converted into an additional bedroom for future owners. Above: A limestone fireplace surround adds a touch of luxury in the budget- driven project. Sustainability—broadly defined to encompass resource conservation and mutable program functionality—was a top concern for the client and for the firm. Says Miguel, "It's a custom house for a specific couple, so that makes it more unique. But at the same time, you have to think, 'they may not live here forever,' so you have to design it in a way that over the long term can work for another family." The house is zoned to reduce energy consumption and makes use of over- hangs for shading. Active strategies include an 8kW solar array atop the garage that provides 61% of the home's power needs; a 5-ton geothermal system for mechanical heating and cooling; a 30,000-gallon rainwater collection sys- tem for water needs; and a septic system for waste. Miguel will tell you, though, that the most important move was the siting of the house—and for him, it called for surgical precision. "The big side of the house faces north toward a large field. The screened porch side faces south where we have a lot of trees," says Miguel. "We weren't going to just put the house in the middle of the field—we moved it south to benefit more from the shade of the trees. We wanted it close to the trees—but not too close and not too far away. You want to be able to walk outside and get in a hammock. It was very carefully located." 63 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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