This article on Houzz.com has great ideas for a simple yet elegant vacation getaway:
It has been awhile since we have checked in here so I thought I would give a little update on what we have been up to, going from 2015 into 2016. The transition from 2014 to 15 saw us working on smaller projects like small bath remodels, kitchen remodels, and a good sized addition.
As we wrapped up 2015 GANT Custom Homes was building two custom homes. One in South Eugene near Spencer Butte and another west of Cheshire. Both are great projects with excellent home owners. They are enjoyable to work with and are building very nice homes. One small, one fairly good sized.
Unfortunately, the record rains we had in December and rain storms in January have hampered progress on both projects. The South Eugene project has ran into more unseen problems than you can imagine (3 types of clay, multiple mud slides, a ground spring which runs from the neighbor’s property, and stormwater pipes that run from the neighbor’s). These are finally all resolved and we are finally moving forward with framing this week.
The Cheshire property is in the final stages of framing. The rains have soaked the home so now we go into a period of drying it out.
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Tiny House, we can build it. Passive House, we can build it. Million dollar mansion, we can build it. You dream it we can build it …
Tiny House is a minimalist movement in which people build and live in houses less than 300 sqft, which are often on trailers that can be moved with a pickup truck. A tiny house can be set up as a vacation retreat on property in the mountains or as a backyard office or guest suite.
Here are some examples:
Passive House is a building standard in which the home is super-insulated and sealed tight to make for the most efficient building that can be built. They use 90% less energy than a code-built home which provides monthly savings on heating and cooling costs that offset the initial investment.
Can you imagine your $300 gas and electric bills only being $30?
Because the buildings are built with a super tight exterior envelope, ventilation systems (HRVs) are used to bring in clean air and exhaust stale air (& moisture), which makes for very clean living environments.
Have you thought about Net Zero living? Passive House designs when combined with solar power are the simplest way of getting to Net Zero, because by reducing the energy needs you reduce the amount of needed solar generated power.
Passive House designs can be beautiful bungalows or angular contemporary or most any style you desire.
Here are some examples:
If you are considering building a Tiny House or a Passive House (or a Tiny Passive House) … if you have a building project contact us today to get the process started.
Well, it could theoretically be heated by a hairdryer, at least. While that attention-grabbing headline needn’t be taken too literally (it appears to refer to the equivalent energy required for heating), in Park Passive House, NK Architects has produced an energy-efficient and attractive modern family home. It also happens to be Seattle’s first certified Passive House, and so will hopefully provide inspiration for more similarly efficient homes to be built in its wake.
Park Passive House was completed in 2013 and sits on an urban infill lot – or a lot that isn’t typically considered suitable for building upon, usually due to it being located in an underdeveloped or unattractive area – that measures just 185 sq m (2,000 sq ft).
The three-story house has a total floor space of 251 sq m (2,710 sq ft), which includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large double-vaulted kitchen, a children’s play area, and living and dining areas. In a small but nice touch that reflects the environmental focus of the design, a salvaged tree was used for the staircase, wall paneling, and bathroom counter.
NK Architects reports that Park Passive House uses up to 80 percent less overall energy, when compared to an average home built in accordance with today’s building code standards.
FOR THE REST OF THE ARTICLE GO TO: http://www.gizmag.com/park-passive-house-nk-architects/31388/
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Maybe we’re getting smarter about houses. Instead of assuming we’ll be able to move to a more accommodating space as age and physical infirmities catch up with us, more Americans are adapting their existing homes or designing new ones with the realities of old age in mind.
Accessible design covers a wide swath. Curb-free showers big enough to handle a wheelchair, entryways that incorporate low-slope ramps, and even residentially sized elevators all are potential if not fairly obvious features.
But an equally important design element is the built-in flexibility allowing the house to change right along with our needs, even if we can’t foresee exactly what they will be.
And while accessible or universal designs seem to be aimed mainly at older or disabled people, they also make the house more appealing and more useful for folks of all sizes and ages.
Building new means thinking ahead
Bob and Sharon O’Brien’s home outside Ithaca, N.Y., is a good example of how advance planning can pay off years down the road.
Their four must-have features included accessibility, low maintenance, energy efficiency, and easy day-to-day living.
To read the rest of the story: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20282/designing-and-building-homes-that-stay-accessible/page/all