The three-bedroom, two-office, 2,500 sq ft home proposes that interior living space be reduced by shifting to less resource-intensive outdoor living. Situated on a tight lot, the home expands upwards hovering over a large covered outdoor patio, which sits next to the at-grade garage. Living space and bedrooms are located on the second and third floors. By spending more time outdoors the owners can expect to reduce energy costs, resources and their carbon footprint.
On top of their expanded outdoor living area, the home relies on natural ventilation, calculated window placement and a wind tower that extends 9′ above the roof to eliminate the need for air conditioning. A life-cycle analysis was performed to determine which materials had less embodied energy, and the decision was made to use man-made slate panels, exposed concrete walls and radiant hydronic heating. The home’s design works to reduce environmental air and noise pollution. Additionally, a roof-mounted photovoltaic system offsets 80% of the home’s power demands.