|Location||Santa Rosa CA|
|Dates||2017 - 2021|
|Program||Residence and Art Studio for a specifically non-specific future family.|
|Energy Consultant||Gabel Energy|
|HVAC Design/Build||Warm Floors, Napa CA|
|Technical||Near net zero construction utlizing a radiant heating and cooling system|
This suburban house was built for an extended family wanting a multiple homes in one house to accomdate specifically non-specific future use: a home for the typical single family, a home for a couple of couples, a home for an intergenerational family, a home for a ceramic artist's stucdio, and a home for a practicing herbalist. The house is organized around a series of rooms that have varying openeness, privacy and lighting conditions. Each provides a range of possible uses, some easily transformed between bedroom suite to family bathroom, others from an office to a guest bedroom, and the basement from a herbalists production facility to an accessory dwelling unit.
Building after a large wildfire in the area, the surrouding neighborhood was unbuilt and lacking the typical contextual cues. The house takes on this unbuilt suburbia by framing narrow views through the house framing both the interior and exterior suburbias. This approach is combined with traditional solar orientation methods to limit direct hot-sunlight late in the day and during the summer while capturing winter sun.
Technically this house uses an advanced exterior cladding system of exterior mineral wool insulation and back-ventilated stucco. These advanced technicaly systems combined with the homes solar oriented passive design and an innovative mechanical system using a fresh air system and radiant heating and cooling system reduce the homes energy use to near passive house standards.