The Berry Residence earned a HERS index of 68 from DOE Energy Star (more than twice as efficient as required for energy star designation) and will use only 47.5 MBTU per year of energy for heating, cooling and water heating as compared with 70.3 MBTU per year for a code standard home of the same size. At current energy prices this will result in an annual savings of $608 and a reduction of over 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. A solar water heater on the roof stores enough energy in the crawlspace to heat the concrete slab floors in spring and fall with back up provided by Rinnai demand water heater. By using the radiant floor to cool the water stored in the solar water heater we optimize the efficiency of the solar panels. Tying it all into the Rinnai water heater optimizes the efficiency of the Rinnai and assures that the home owners will never run out of hot water.
The home is handicap accessible with a first floor master bedroom suite and accessible access to the detached writing studio. The entire home is networked with an On-Q wiring system which consolidates the phone, DSL, and Ethernet wiring with wireless Ethernet in addition to a Bose home entertainment systems with 13 speakers. Cell phone reception is enhanced with a built in cell phone signal amplifier/repeater.
|Approaching from the parking area past the carport garden shed on the right and the writing studio on the left "the greeter' offers to shake your hand as you descend the stone path to the wrap around porch and the front door|
|The metal star on the gable end sets a star motif that is echoed in the site-built copper sconces that surround the home.|
|The wood for the front porch ceilings as well as much of the trim and interior and screen porch ceilings was locally milled by Wrenn Brothers lumber in Siler City NC. Using local lumber helps feed our local economy and reduce the embodied energy content of the home. This pine comes from renewably managed forests associated with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative .|
|Stepping through the entryway your eye is drawn through south and east windows to the pond and outdoor living area.|
|The living room is warmed by a huge natural stone fireplace by Joe Kenlon Stone works with an energy efficient sealed combustion RSF Opel wood stove insert from Fireplace Editions .|
|In the master bedroom a curved ceiling of local pine lumber enhances the intimacy of the space.|
|We use this Osiris Tub from Ferguson Plumbing a lot. The flat rim provides a nice ledge for wine glasses and candles. It really makes any bathroom you put it in special, the foot stool in front of the tub was made of water resistant ipe wood to match the bathroom cabinets.|
|The owners found an image of a vanity they liked in one of Sarah Susanka's Not-So-Big-House books and we were honored to interpret it in ipe wood for this bathroom.|
|In the guest bath we did a simpler version in pine with a recycled soapstone top. The sink, by Porcher from Ferguson Plumbing is very convenient for a person in a wheelchair or walker. We concealed the plumbing and trap in the wall behind the cabinetry to clean up the lines and provide more storage.|
|The solar panels on the roof by Southern Energy Management provide domestic hot water all year long and help heat the radiant floor in cold weather. The screen porch and grilling patio help draw the family out of doors in good weather.|
|A covered pathway links the long front porch with the mudroom entry, the screen porch, and the detached writing studio.|
|The bridge frames the carport / garden shed up the hill. It forms a four-spoked hub connecting the parking to the home, the office, and the pond an informal gateway for welcoming guests.|