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Plans Released to Builder for Rough Quote

by Chad Ludeman on January 18, 2008 · 12 comments

in 100k project,budget,Construction Updates,Development

As promised here are our updated plans from ISA for both houses that we have just released to Level 5 to give us an estimate on construction costs. ISA named the corner house next to the 100K House the “120K House” and I like it. Once they come back with budget and comments we will sit down for a long meeting with the design team to discuss changes that need to be made to the final design before submitting plans to the city for zoning approval.


You’ll notice that the rendering look quite a bit different with the new roof profile, cladding material and window configuration. The material you see there is standing seem metal which can be purchased for about $5 psf. For other material specs and details called out on the images, visit the postgreen flickr set where you can view or download the original sizes.

View Flickr Slideshow of New Plans Here

It should take Level 5 a week or two to come back with their estimates and the next design meeting will immediately follow. Feel free to offer your input on the design as we only have a few weeks to get our final changes in now. My wife thinks the new front looks a bit like a fortress. Playing with the window configuration a bit more may help this or we could just go the other direction and add some gun turrets and replace the CMU wall with a sandbag wall. I also hope to speak with more neighbors and the local zoning committee about their thoughts on the design.

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1 Brandon January 18, 2008 at 10:36 pm

I have to agree with your wife about the fortress look. It appears very cold and uninviting to me. I like the idea about gun turrets though, but the last thing we need here in Killadelphia is another MOVE type of incident.

Maybe open up those top windows some or find another way to break up that big negative space between the top 2 left windows and the bottom 2 windows.

2 chad January 18, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Honestly, the space between the windows was my idea. I wanted to minimize the surface area of windows on the North side to reduce heat/cooling loss and have a bank of operable windows as low as possible for passive cooling in the summer.

At that time the facade was a bit shorter as we had the old flat rough profile. With the new facade, I think moving the bottom window up to be centered at eye level while seated in the living room may help. One of the windows could possible be turned 90 degrees to offer more views out the north side as well. I’m hesitant to open up the top windows too much but a slight re-positioning may help a bit.

Thanks for the suggestions Brandon.

3 Luca January 19, 2008 at 12:41 am

I agree with Brandon and your wife too. :-)

Here you are a couple of other interesting links:
I love Kubota’s Y-House very much!

4 Shawn January 19, 2008 at 7:20 am

Hey Chad,

First, great job. Love the blog, admire the concept.

I’ve been quietly reading for some time now. I can appreciate the tradeoff between budget and aesthetics. However, with the new roof I think the designers have made a bit of a misstep. The “fortress” feeling is unavoidable. The monolithic feel (obviously accented by the grey rendering) seems overly-oppressive. The way the roof “rolls” off the back of the building exaggerates the sense of mass.

If the flat roof is truly not an option, then I’d suggest doing something with the sloped roof to break up the mass more. Selective application of color and materials will help enormously, but addressing the roof design first is imperative.

I also second the other comments on the windows. The style and placement augment the bunker-feeling. Saving energy is important, but so is daylight. Let the sun in brother!

Kudos on the efforts – can’t wait to see it become a reality!

5 chad January 19, 2008 at 1:52 pm


Thanks for the feedback. You make good points. We’ll have to play with materials, colors and window size/placement some more.

I checked out your live/work blog and it looks great. It’s very similar to our blog and others we are following. Added it to our blogroll here. I like the post on SoyCrete concrete stain and was envisioning our floor being stained almost exactly like the picture shown in your post. I’ll post on this sometime in the future as well.

Thanks again and keep the comments coming. This is a critical time for feedback.

6 Shawn January 19, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Thanks for the blogroll spot, Chad. It’s fun to see folks facing the same challenges and overcoming them. It keeps me going during those “dark” time when a lender flakes, a contractor drops the ball, or you simply tire of everyone saying, “no.”

Keep on keepin’ on!

7 Charles January 22, 2008 at 12:45 am

Perhaps something round (window) to break up all the straight lines.

8 Roman January 22, 2008 at 9:29 pm

I too have been following this blog with considerable interest and can’t help but comment on the aesthetics. While I understand that the aim of this project reaches beyond form and primarily aims at function, I can’t help thinking that an awkward exterior takes away from the desirability of the home. This ofcourse isn’t a professional opinion, but I hope you revise the exterior design to make it a little more pleasing to the eye.

9 John February 4, 2008 at 5:19 am

Needs more windows on the front facing the street. The front facade should be 60% windows/40% wall.

Windows facing the street make a house friendly and inviting.

10 chad February 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm

John – Thanks for the suggestion. We have new ideas for the facade to improve “eyes on the street” and the inviting look of the homes. We still must balance these aesthetic and community goals with the energy efficient goals of the home. Making the north side of the house area 60% windows would have a very negative effect on the efficiency of the home so we have to be careful…

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