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The Berry Residence
The home scored Silver in the HBA-DOC green building guidelines and Silver in the LEED-H guidelines (detailed here in the LEED-H silver level scoring spreadsheet ) and Gold on the NAHB Green Building Initiative.

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 .

The kitchen counter tops are natural soapstone with a maple butcher block work station and a massive copper range hood by Chandler Design-Build. We enjoy working with copper and it finds it's way into our homes fairly often as chimney caps or as in this home, range hoods, light fixtures, and stair railings. The neon sign came from the owner's family store in Columbia South Carolina.

Looking towards the dining room over the Wolfe range the back of the stone fireplace divides the living from the dining area. The dining room table and chairs are painted with images from the story of the home owners' marriage, children, and family history, the coffee table features images of the new homestead by the pond. High in the back of the stonework a cast iron grille connects to a heat exchanger that allows heat from the wood stove to warm the dining area.

We believe that a place should be preserved in the home for what we call a "family shrine" that remembers and reinforces the joy filled times that the family has shared and celebrates the strength of those connections. Here the wall next to the stairs serves that purpose. An intimate home office connects the dining area to the laundry and master suite. The computer screen (with images of the owners' daughter and son) connects to the OnQ digital hub while the windows look out to the pond below.

In the master bedroom a curved ceiling of local pine lumber enhances the intimacy of the space.

Off the end of the master bedroom a private deck with a pair of rockers and a translucent roof provides a quiet shelter for reading and conversation. The stairs lead to a path across the rain garden to the secluded hot tub garden which, again, overlooks the pond.

While the house does feature an outdoor shower in addition to the hot tub there is also an oversized master bath with a multi color slate shower with both sunflower shower head and a hand shower. Glass block serves as an interior room divider as well as a way to fill the tub area with light while preserving privacy.

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 covered walkway is made from a galvanized structural hat channel called Mac Girt from ABC supply. The corrugated green house glazing is an inexpensive fiberglass reinforced acrylic from the local box store. If it is torn off in a hurricane it is very cheap to replace.

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.
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