This house has been getting a lot of attention from the "mainstream green" movement precisely because it is not solar, is very large at 3,664 sf heated, and still performs very well on the energy star and green building verifications. It looks more like a "Mainstream house" in its architecture and interior design than some of the more esoteric homes we build. The house scored silver by LEED-H guidleines (detailed in the LEED-H silver level scoring spreadsheet ) and it scored gold on the NAHB Green Building Initiative scoring system and Silver on the HBA-DOC North Carolina green building guidelines.
This home was designed for our client to share with her mother and grandmother. In addition to providing comfortable accommodations for the three of them it also needed to provide an in-home writing studio for the mother and a painting studio for the daughter as well as an exercise room, two separate kitchens and a dining room that could expand to accommodate large family gatherings.
While the home is in no way a solar home it has an advanced air conditioning system called a "variable speed zoned bypass system" that, along with the spray foam insulation and a Rinnai demand water heater, enabled it to operate on 38% of the energy as compared to the building code that was in effect in 2006 when the house was built (62% better than code). The building code has been upgraded since and that number would be different if the house was built today.
|Immediately inside the front door is an entry hall bound with locally harvested oak timbers that separate the living room from the dining area.|
|The dining area can expand through the entry hall into the living room if necessary during family reunions. Small square windows open into the kitchen behind (to facilitate eavesdropping.)|
|A big, south facing bay window floods the living room with light all day long. The back door opens into the pantry and provides a quick access to the kitchen when entertaining guests.|
|The mother's kitchen is very traditional in its design with maple cabinetry and corian countertops and sinks. The curved ceiling in the living room is visible through one of the small openings in the wall on either side of the range hood.|
|The kitchen has a dine-in breakfast nook that looks out onto the south facing rock garden and beyond that to the rain garden, an artificial wetland that collects the storm runoff from the gutters and a French drain and retains it on the property to provide a green spot during summer droughts. The long room on the right is an exercise room with a resilient marmoleum floor and a shared laundry room that connects the mothers area to the daughters area.|
|The east end of the home features a large screen porch entry for gathering with friends.|
|The rain garden immediately after construction. The dark brown area immediately to the right of the grassy bank has an underground storage system which collects the runoff from the homes gutters as well as from the hillside above and retains it during times of drought. It has been planted with moisture loving plants by Green Stone Gardens and is a marvelous bio system.|