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Postby csintexas » Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:12 pm

Here is a current project:

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more info can be found here:

http://www.inspiredhabitat.com/communit ... 35#post135
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Postby ChooChoo » Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:23 pm

Looks nice with critique to 3 things

Roof
Grass
Sky

I would find replacement materials for these 3 items and then I think it will look sharp
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Postby csintexas » Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:28 am

Hi ChooChoo

We plan to use the real stuff on the final version :wink:

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Postby kiki » Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:34 am

what software did you use to design the house? Thanks!
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Postby csintexas » Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:38 am

Hi kiki, I use Softplan
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Postby lekizz » Sun Feb 04, 2007 12:41 pm

Is that a waterfall?! The design looks interesting from your second image (the rear?), sort of creates a courtyard, like an ad-hoc farmstead.
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Postby csintexas » Sun Feb 04, 2007 12:54 pm

Hi Lekizz,
Yes that's a waterfall and the rear of the house. My idea was to incorporate a way to move water out of that corner, rainwater storage and a water feature that the owners wanted. The overflow would go to an underground tank.

I was thinking it would be cool if I could find a miniature working windmill to circulate the water. I am trying to make this a more energy efficient house but the owners are not big on the idea.

The border around the house is supposed to be a gravel path with an underground water collection system.
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Postby kmapro » Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:02 pm

Looks Great Chris. I don't know that I would incorporate the windmill as it might distract from the design.

If you are thinking energy efficiency, look into ICF design. ICF = Insulated Concrete Forms. They are not that expensive and they allow so much for a home.

i have used Polysteel in the past and found it very easy to do and not that much more expensive than a stick frame build.
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Postby Architorture » Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:49 pm

more glazing at the main entrance... maybe open it up a little more since its a covered space already
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Postby adailide » Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:24 pm

Does this design take into account any environmental issues?
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Postby csintexas » Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:56 pm

The windmill was just a fun idea.

We may look into ICF's they have some good advantages. From what you are saying elsewhere the cost differential is pretty small.

The daylighting should be very good because of the clear story windows.

Yes the home is designed for passive efficiency as much as the client will allow. We are also looking at all building components that will reduce energy usage within the budget.
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Postby csintexas » Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:51 pm

Finally have a floorplan

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Postby adailide » Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:42 pm

Have you ever thought of adding a secondary door off the front to provide an "air trap"? These types of entrances give an area so that you don't loose conditioned air each time the door is opened.

Otherwise, it looks good. I especially like the large open public area of the home, with the private areas grouped together off to the side.
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Postby csintexas » Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:36 pm

That's a good idea although the door out to the carport would actually be the one used most by far.
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Postby phansford » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:34 pm

Chris,

Is this a spec house, or for a specific client, or just a design you are playing with?
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