A traditional home that is very energy efficient

I have worked with a local engineer with the design of several homes. When his brother decided to build a home, he recommended me. This couple has widely differing opinions on what they want in a home. He, like his brother, is an engineer, and wanted everything very practical and efficient. She wanted an elegant home like where they used to live. Of course their budget was limited.

To satisfy both of them, I set out to design a southern style home with elegance, and with passive solar features. A wrap around porch keeps the home cool in the summer. So do the high ceilings in the great room. I worked to make the floor plan as efficient as possible to keep their budget down.

The husband was in a unique position. He was not working, and he had time to oversee the construction of this home. His brother had a complete set of forms for pouring concrete walls. So we set out to design a two level home that takes the best advantage of these concrete walls, which provide the perfect mass for storing solar heat during the day. They would also be extremely durable and strong.

Notice how traditional this home looks from the driveway on the northwest side of the home.

On the south side, two solar glass rooms will absorb winter sunshine and send it into the house. During the summer, the glass will be shaded by the leaves on the trees and the roof overhangs.

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