The 100k house and its neighbor, the somewhat erroneously named 120k, are moving briskly toward the finish line. The build, while a definite success, has been an education for everyone involved. We have learned dozens of valuable lessons about almost every aspect of our buildings, lessons we will soon be sharing with all of you, but for now we are going to begin to answer a bigger question: What are we going to do with all this new knowledge?
The simple answer to this question is the title of this blog entry . . . Postgreen Homes. We are beginning to move forward with our plan to insidiously spread our homes throughout Philadelphia (and beyond?). Like a sustainable, beneficial virus we hope to infect this city with more and more homes that are healthy, energy efficient and well designed. To this end we are looking for land, partnering in potential projects and developing options for our homes. The latter is today’s topic of discussion.
We want to build many homes over the next few years, but even we don’t want them all to look exactly like the 100k. We also don’t want our homes to serve only one type of lifestyle and living situation. While remaining within the definition of our brand, we hope to broaden our appearance and appeal. To this end, we have worked with ISA to begin developing a range of facades and floor plans that we hope will make Postgreen Home’s accessible to a wider audience.
Brian Phillips from ISA often talks about the importance of limitations in the design process. Our homes are all about creating within distinct and difficult boundaries like cost, LEED, Passive House, urban infill and size. These boundaries focus the design efforts and seem to be yielding excellent results. So, in an effort to make him regret his many words on the subject we suggested an additional boundary for the facade design . . . one material. Take that architect.
Well, he definitely took it, and he ran with it. I think you’ll agree that each of these three designs does an excellent job matching material to design and manages plenty of action within strict limits.
This is the facade you all know and many of you love. It is the face of our first Postgreen Homes in the 100k House project. We are very happy with the way its turned out and look forward to more incarnations in the future.
Material: 4×8 James Hardie Panels cut to 2×8
Color Options: Two colors from Hardie’s extensive line.
The Pixel facade option also lends itself well to a future dream we are tentatively calling House Tattoos. How would you ink your house?
This is the facade that will soon take shape on the Passive Project. The rendering is currently in gray scale but there is plenty of room for colorful experimentation.
Material: James Hardie Lap Siding in three widths.
Color Options: Two colors from Hardie’s extensive line.
(An awful name created to spur suggestions in the comments. Tell us what to call this!)
This facade is not currently attached to a specific project though it is getting tossed around as a possible facade for several. Think of it as our concession to Philly’s obsession with brick.
Material: Thin Brick (probably)
Color Options: Two color choices from a surprising variety of options.
Seriously, think of a new name for this one or Chad might convince me to call it Sir Bricks Alot.
Another area where we want to add some variety within the modest dimensions of our brand is in the floor plan and program of the house. We want to provide models that appeal to a slightly broader cross section of people and make this type of living more accessible to other lifestyles. So far we have three basic models, but like the facade options, you can expect that number to grow.
Forgive the tone of the descriptions, but for the sake of time I reused some more “advertisey” descriptions I already had around.
Designed for the artist, the entrepreneur, the entertainer or anyone who has always wanted to comfortably skateboard in their own house, WORK offers the extremes in space usage. One floor is a modest, comfortable living space and the other is a wide open place to work, play or party.
Options: Choose which floor you want open and whether or not you need the optional utility sink.
Based on the original 100k model, LOFT is the essence of urban living. The open floor plan has an obvious disdain for doors and a flair for dramatic open space. This is the house’s answer to the condo. Loft living without the fees.
Options: Most of the options in this plan are probably going to be related to storage.
FAMILY understands that having a kid or two should not necessarily signify the end of your happenin’ urban lifestyle. A few doors to allow the young folks some sleep and an extra bathroom for emergency situations convert the loft concept into a family friendly environment. Healthy, socially responsible living for you and yours.
Options: The downstairs bathroom will likely be an option. There will also be some storage options.
So there you have it. The beginning of our customization options and a peek at the direction of our future projects. Now its time for you to give us some feedback (and a better name for Brickasaurus). Get in those comments and tell us what you like and don’t like. Give us a lead on other facade materials you might like to see. Tell us which floor plan fits your life.
If you enjoyed reading this post I can promise you'll love our new writing over at Postgreen Homes. Yeah, we know that's the same thing your favorite band said and their new album is nowhere near as good as their early stuff, but seriously, we are actually still getting better.
There also isn't much conversation to be had here . . . at least not with us. So come on over to the Postgreen Homes Blog and tell us what you think of our new(ish) digs and crazy ideas. We will be sure to tell you what we think of your opinion.