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Best Design from Yesterday’s Design Meeting

by Chad Ludeman on December 1, 2007 · 8 comments

in architecture,Design,facade,floorplan

We had a very successful design meeting at ISA yesterday. We reviewed about five different floorplan and elevation options they had come up with in the past few weeks as well as the direction they would like to head for the exterior and facades. Below is the design that most closely resembles our favorite option going forward.

Click on them to view larger images in our postgreen flickr account. Today I went ahead and created a 100k House photo collection that currently contains a 100K House Plans photo set. More images and sets will be added to this collection as we progress.
Labeled Component Diagram
100k House Floorplans

The Exterior

The image of the exterior here is actually of the corner house that will be right next to the 100k house. The view is from the rear of the house and the 100k house will share a wall with this new house on one side and another existing house on the other side. We haven’t decided on final materials yet but the proposed is basically concrete block on the bottom (the dark gray) with an overlapping shell of fiber cement board (light gray). I love the level of detail and interest that ISA has incorporated into the design of the house despite the modest budget!

The Floorplan

The floorplan is basic but allows for most of the requirements we set forth for the design from the beginning. The floorplan is open with a double height space that should allow plenty of natural light to enter the home. There is room for two bedrooms and a small office area overlooking the double height space on the loft. Also, all of the plumbing and most of the electric is located in one central core of the building which should reduce cost of installation.

Future Changes

Some of the changes we discussed about incorporating into the next iteration of he design are as follows:

  • Reduce the bathroom on the first floor to a European style powder room to save space (no bath/shower)
  • Utilizing radiant floor heat and a direct hot water system should greatly reduce the size of the utility closet
  • An efficient single washer/dryer unit should save additional space
  • The bathrooms could be located against one of the side walls to save further open up the floorplan
  • The bathroom on the 2nd floor could be rotated 90 degrees in order to divide two bedroom spaces or a bedroom and an office on the second floor
  • A thru-wall air conditioner in the top floor bedroom will keep the most important area comfortable for sleep while reducing the cooling system cost to a minimum
  • A simple green roof on the low section of the roof will add visual interest when viewed out the window and additional insulation
  • The higher portion of the roof will be reserved for solar systems in the future

Other Questions to Answer

We still have a few questions to answer like do we need a small deck off of the master bedroom on the second floor and do the bedrooms need to be in the rear of the house for added privacy. Once the design is complete it will be up to the budget to determine if we can afford some of our top features such as radiant heating and SIPs construction will be possible. We hope to have our next meeting in 2-3 weeks with our builders, Level 5, to begin discussing the budget in detail.

Overall I’m extremely pleased with ISA’s preliminary designs and direction we are headed in.

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December 11, 2007 at 1:35 am

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1 lavardera December 1, 2007 at 8:59 pm

It looks great – well done!

Very simple shell, would be even less expensive with party walls both sides. Its certainly not working against your goals by being too elaborate.

2 chad December 1, 2007 at 11:57 pm

Thanks Greg. We will be sharing walls on at least one side of the house. One will be built up against an existing home and the other will be shared with the adjacent new home we will build next to this one.

We still hope to use SIPs for the home so the cost of the one new shared wall could technically be cut in half. For case study purposes we may not not include this savings, but it is nice to have it for the overall project.

3 Richard December 5, 2007 at 12:38 am

I just built a building with SIPs not too far from where you want to build. If you have any questions I might be able to help. You won’t be able to use SIPs for a shared wall. But you could stick build the wall next to the sip wall knowing that it will be well insulated.

4 Preston December 5, 2007 at 2:28 am

I really like the design. I’m glad you’re providing all these updates…

5 chad December 5, 2007 at 4:30 am

No problem. All of the feedback is very helpful to the process.

6 Derek January 31, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Which way is North?

Is this a passive solar design?

7 chad January 31, 2008 at 8:20 pm

North is on the front of the home. This is a passive solar design and will develop more towards that object as the design progresses. Keep in mind that your North viewed from down under is the same as our South over here in the States…

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