With the ceiling framing spanning the width of the space, the building celebrates the openness that can be enjoyed without structural devising walls.
With the natural flow of living in mind, the floor plan creates large open areas for living and light.
Southern solar exposure along the window wall is a priority to accomplish passive solar heating and a reduction in year-round energy use. The concrete floor features hydronic heat and functions as a thermal mass, holding and distributing heat in the home.
The light interior bounces sunlight to all areas, allowing for daylighting to be utilized much of the time.
While the primary functions of the home allow for accessible, single-story living, a walk-out basement adds an independent apartment or extra space for visitors.
An open bathing alcove and walk-through closet both allow light to penetrate deep into the space.
The site is surrounded by a light deciduous forest, giving easy privacy to the home's window wall. This allowed a celebration of openness in traditionally closed spaces like the shower.
Climate Zone: 6A
Winter Design Temperature: 32° F
Ground Snow Load: 50 psf
Wind Design Speed: 100 mph
Seismic Design Category: C
Frost Depth: 48"
Termite Hazard: Slight
Built by Mike Ryan.
Photography by Simon Ryan.