• Work around existing oak trees
• Private, comfortable outdoor living, play space and gardens
• Net-zero energy with minimum carbon input
• Good building envelope and passive solar design
• Celebrate site drainage
The clients, Bill and Chris
McCartney wanted a home
to accommodate the
retirement needs for
themselves and have a large
enough home to welcome
and entertain their grown
children and their families
who visit often. Bill is quite
a cook, so the entire house
springs from an active
kitchen. They wanted to live
as close to net zero energy as
possible and source their
water 100% from rainfall.
They enjoy outdoor living,
so ample screened porches
were a must. They have built
a large garden where they
will be harvesting a high
percentage of their own
food. They run a few cattle
on their 98 acres and plan to
install beehives as well.
Their overriding goal is to
be self-sufficient and
To design a modern house that is in-scale and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood houses
To provide privacy and outdoor living spaces on a small city lot.
To provide abundant natural light to interior spaces.
To provide indoor/outdoor spaces where practical.
Use of low maintenance, durable materials.
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-Radiant floor heat
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-Use local craftspeople and subcontractors
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