Archive for December, 2010

context

December 23, 2010

the software is free and the skills are rudimentary.

but i still enjoy seeing some context.

skidmore passive house

more after the break.

in situ architecture

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passivehaus planning

December 19, 2010

we’re planning a passivehaus.  for a quick intro see the previous post.  our desire is to create a modern sustainable house that suits our modest needs and lifestyle.  our site is a 50′ x 140′ flat lot with the street to the north, and great south exposure to the back.  we want a 2 bedroom house for us, our animals, and the occasional guest.  in addition, we need a small architecture office with direct client access, a small art studio with internal access, and a workshop with storage.  living and working all in one.

our solution:

the plan takes a simple rectangle composed of the three primary program pieces, pulls it apart into two volumes, and shifts the smaller volume to form south facing outdoor space on grade and a roof terrace accessed from the second floor.  the gap between serves to break down the mass from the street by allowing views through to the back, while providing separate access to the office.  although the simple shifts in plan create more surface area and a less efficient envelope, we feel the spatial effect is important and justifies the added effort and cost.

service functions such as bathrooms, laundry, storage, and kitchen are placed to the north (shown in gray).  a two-story living room and architecture office are placed to the south on the ground floor; each with direct access to the south yard.  the art studio is placed to the south on the upper floor with direct access to a roof terrace.

openings are primarily located to the south to maximize solar gain, while openings on the north are sized to satisfy the code minimum for street side glazing.  east and west openings are limited to minimize heat loss, while providing a balance of light and natural ventilation.  exterior roll down shades will be outfitted on the south facing openings to prevent overheating during the hottest days.  exterior materials include aluminum clad wood windows, charred juniper siding, and cement stucco.

view from the south (back)

interior looking south through living room

with our preliminary design in hand, our generous friends at brute force collaborative crunched the numbers using the passive house planning package, and have verified that we can achieve the passivhaus standard.  check back soon for a first look at the assemblies and details that will make it all possible.

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small project update

December 14, 2010

we recently completed work on a small bathroom remodel with some pleasing results.

the existing dropped sheetrock ceiling was removed to expose the original wood decking.  a carbonized bamboo cabinet provides a nice complement to the wood ceiling.

the existing shower compartment was replaced with a curbless all glass shower surround outfitted with a linear slot drain.

a duravit wall hung dual flush toilet is mounted on a background of simple white 3×6 tile in a stacked bond pattern.

a linear glass tile backsplash above the white quart countertop provides a hint of color.  trimless mirrored doors conceal a wall to wall medicine cabinet.

linear porcelain tile provides a beautiful cost effective floor.  a perimeter soffit conceals new piping and accommodates uplighting.

another bathroom remodel project is in the works.  check back soon for the next small project update.

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beach house skin

December 6, 2010

the siding progresses.

outer skin of hardie panels with vertical battens (to be painted).

inner skin of western red cedar shingles.

previous posts on the construction of the oceanside beach house here and here.

previous posts on the design of the oceanside beach house here and here.

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