Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, Materials Efficiency, Design Innovation, Solar Power, Green Roof, Advanced Building Envelope
Plum House, so named for the greengage plum tree in the backyard, was completed in December 2014. The guiding design principles for this project were; playfulness, energy efficiency, thoughtful reuse of reclaimed materials, great connection to the outdoors, good indoor air quality, and flexibility of use. The home is comprised of a 2,200 square foot main house and an 800 square foot apartment. The house allows great flexibility of use, for now the ground floor apartment is an income producing rental, in the kid’s teenage years it might be a hang-out space and eventually it might be the perfect retirement spot for the owner’s parents. The owners appreciate the efficiency of a tight envelope, the power generation of a 3.51 KW solar array, the coziness of in-floor heating under cork floors, and the amazing daylight provided by the large windows. As this family settles into their home an abundant garden will grow around the plum tree, honey bees will buzz around blossoms and kids will play in the dirt.
Some of the specific features:
- All LED lighting
- BIB insulation
- Heat Recovery Ventilator
- Locally made cabinetry
- Stairs made of reclaimed flooring
- Window sills made of reclaimed baseboards
- Slat wall made of framing from the old house
- The footprint of the original house was only minimally expanded, which allows for ample gardening space.