2012 Design Excellence Awards

by rheselbarth@solagroup.com

CH1-4

Custom Home Less Than 3,000 s.f.

Richard Bubnowski Design

Point Pleasant, N.J.

richardbubnowskidesign.com

Project Name: New Moon Cottage

Location: Harvey Cedars, N.J.

Size: 1,813 s.f.

Cost: $427,000

Homeowner’s occupation: Musician/Entrepreneur

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The “New Moon Cottage” is a weekend and summer residence that includes a surfboard storage room as a focal point adjacent to the main entrance for easy site access. Western Red Cedar was chosen as the primary exterior building material for its durability and warm natural appearance. Extremely restrictive site constraints such as building coverage and setback requirements on a small, narrow, irregular-shaped waterfront lot challenged the team. Requirements called for a 20-ft. setback along the front of the property, 10-ft. along the side and rear and 15-ft. along the water’s edge. The plan had taken on a linear quality and somewhat serpentine flow to satisfy the client’s program while achieving maximum openness and efficiency.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“Great thought for fitting a home in a small lot with appropriate functional space. Very appealing.”

“Love the use of distressed wood.”

 

CH1-3

Custom Home Less Than 3,000 s.f. – Honorable Mention

Zack|de Vito Architecture and Construction

San Francisco

zackdevito.com

Project Name: LK Residence and Guest House

Location: Calistoga, Calif.

Size: 2,900 s.f.

Cost: $1.2 million

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Tucked in the remote hills of Sonoma County, a couple commissioned this single-family residence accompanied by a car port, pool and guesthouse. The modern collection of buildings is situated on a

steep, down-sloping site where they are revealed through the winding approach along a private driveway. The siting of the buildings create a village-like relationship to one another softened by the valley view, and natural and designed landscape. Confronted with a steep down-sloping lot in a rural setting, the challenge was how to split the program and buildings, set them within the hillside to reduce massing, while creating a natural progression from entry level to pool terrace level below. The buildings needed to create privacy and enclosure in the open landscape. Stepping down in section, the double-height main living volume with loft-like upper bedroom level, and double-height glazing connect entry level directly to views and the pool terrace below.

 

CH4-2

Custom Home 4,000 to 4,999 s.f.

Phil Kean Designs

Winter Park, Fla.

philkeandesigns.com

Project Name: The New American Home

Location: Winter Park, Fla.

Size: 4,183 s.f.

Cost: $1.5 million

Homeowner’s occupation: Architect and builder

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This home is a re-interpretation of the Classic White Box of the 1960’s and 70’s. Built for empty nesters, it is set up as a two-bedroom home. However, the workout room, office and studio could be converted into additional bedrooms. Accessible by stairs or elevator, the master suite, workout room, TV loft and three balconies take up the entire second floor. The home focuses on attention to detail, leading-edge technology and indoor/outdoor living. The lot and neighboring buildings provided a design challenge. The rear of the lot backs up to a three-story condominium building and its alley, creating a privacy issue. Another challenge was the homeowners’ desire to reach the highest level of green certification available. To create privacy, the home was designed in a “C” shape and the west walls without windows. The solid west wall in the living room is used to display art. The center of the home opens to a courtyard/pool area via sliding glass panels. The indoor/outdoor areas provide ample private entertainment space. LEED Platinum requirements were followed from the earliest stages of design.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“I really like this house! Nice details; everything comes together as one. Great site lines through the home.”

“Details everywhere including shades and construction throughout.”

 

CH5-2

Custom Home 5,000 to 5,999 s.f.

Michael K. Walker & Associates, Inc.

Sarasota, Fla.

michaelkwalker.com

Project name: [????]

Location: Osprey, Fla.

Size: 5,936 s.f.

Cost: $4.1 million

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Conceived as an island retreat for a busy executive, the main intent of the design was to capture both bay and gulf views from the elevated living floors, while preserving the natural coastal hammock

habitat of the inland waterway side of the property. A workmanship tolerance of 1/8-in. was required between all of the structural and interior finish components to maintain the collaboration of the architectural and interior design intent. Constructed in 20 months, the project exemplifies integration and collaboration of true craftsmanship from structural concrete through fine architectural and interior finishes. As all of the interior and exterior flooring was cast-in-place topping, consisting of white Portland cement with integral washed shell, all of the finished flooring was installed, ground smooth, polished and sealed before any of the interior walls or doors and windows were put in place. Protection of the finish flooring was required during all remaining phases of construction through total project completion.

 

CH6-1

Custom Home 6,000 to 6,999 s.f.

Neal Prince Studio

Greenville, S.C.

neilprincestudio.com

Project name: Paw Paw Point (Smith Residence)

Location: Sunset, S.C.

Size: 6,159 s.f.

Size (unfinished): 2,163 s.f. (1,088 porches; 1,075 basement/mechanical)

Homeowner’s occupation: Telecommunications industry

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Sited on the cusp of a lakefront knob, this shingle-style home anchors a location where dramatic open-water views across the expanse of Lake Keowee cede to the sheltering enclosure of a tranquil cove. The home is divided among three floors arranged to frame views from each living space. Inside, five bedroom suites, an open great room, kitchen, game room and observatory accommodate comfortable family gatherings at various scales. Fireplace-equipped screened porches are connected by a covered promenade and encourage outdoor living. The narrow, sloping and irregularly shaped lakefront site imposed many restrictions on the home given its sizable building program. Once the lakefront setback requirement was taken into account, only a sliver of land remained. To fulfill the owners’ wishes, the home ultimately would have at least seven points where it touches the various setback lines. The resulting building form, materials and details work within the setting, taking advantage of topography and site features that marry the house with its natural surroundings.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“Nice attention to detail to layout, works well for a lake house.”

 

CH7-3

Custom Home 7,000 to 7,999 s.f.

B&B Investments, Inc.: Custom Builders

Grosse Ile, Mich.

bbcustombuilders.com

Project Name: Tuscan Residence

Location: Delafield, Wis.

Size: 11,190 s.f.

Cost: $5.1 million

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Providing a Tuscan-styled house with comfortable space for every member, mood and activity was the objective. Programming determined the inclusion of the separate master suite, sleeping, bathing and studying spaces for two children, as well as guest accommodations. A main-level hub in which activities could be coordinated and communication made easy between adjacent spaces suggested sequencing of mud room, laundry, office, kitchen, hearth room, dining and family gathering spaces, along with library and formal entertaining rooms. Restricted by a lot on an environmental corridor, challenges included a limited allowable area for the building envelope, associated environmental concerns and restrictions, nestling the structure into a topography that drastically changed over very little distance, and disguising modern lifestyle amenities to reflect an architecturally accurate Tuscan style. Carefully chosen materials blend the home with the landscape. Conscientious site positioning utilizes passive solar techniques, and affords the owner breathtaking views.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“Awesome interior and flow.”

 

CH7-6

Custom Home 7,000 to 7,999 s.f.

Kristi W. Hanson, Architects

Palm Desert, Calif.

kristihanson.com

Project name: Grace Kovenish

Location: Palm Desert, Calif.

Size: 7,223 s.f.

Cost: $3.5 million

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The goal was to fashion a single-family custom residence in a golf community with a priority of creating an oasis in the desert. This included a luxury home, indoor/outdoor environments and landscaping to complete a program requiring four bedroom suites, theater, office, wet bar and plenty of outdoor living space. The focus remained on capturing views of the mountains surrounding the home as well as the view of the Coachella Valley. The main challenge was the pie-shaped lot, which has a million-dollar view located at the tapered end of the pie. Secondary challenges included maintaining privacy from the closely positioned neighbors and fulfilling required program on a small lot. The house was angled and the rooms turned which opens the home up to the north, introducing beautiful light. The program was fulfilled by gently depressing the garage on the low end of the frontage road and housing a unique guest wing above the garage which boasts up-close and personal views of the foothills.

 

GH-1

Green Home

Phil Kean Designs

Winter Park, Fla.

philkeandesigns.com

Project Name: The New American Home

Location: Winter Park, Fla.

Size: 4,183 s.f.

Cost: $1.5 million

Homeowner’s occupation: Architect and builder

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This home is a symbol of energy efficiency and innovation featuring the latest in green building methods and products, which combined to earn it the following: • USGBC LEED-H Platinum certification • National Green Building Standard Emerald certification • Florida Green Building Coalition Platinum certification • U.S. EPA Energy Star Qualified Home • U.S. EPA Indoor airPlus Qualified • U.S. DOE Builders Challenge qualified • Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Designation • Florida Water Star Gold designation. Challenges began in planning to meet the stringent requirements of a LEED Platinum certification from the earliest stages of design. Challenges continued with finding the latest and most cost-effective products and technologies, as well as documenting the process, and capturing all points needed. The home is expected to consume 52 percent less energy than similar homes in the same climate. Energy costs are approximately $188/month. The HERS score is 48. The most noteworthy features include the air tightness of the thermal shell and the use of solar energy for space conditioning, hot water production and a portion of the electrical systems.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“Green-built, attention to detail, third-party backup.”

 

SM-1

Spec/Model

Rentfrow Design

Fort Collins, Colo.

rentfrowdesign.com

Project name: Villa al Dichiotto

Location: Timnath, Colo.

Size: 7,649 s.f.

Cost: $1.4 million

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This home sits on the 18th green of a new country club. The target buyer would be a retired couple with interest in entertaining others and enjoying life outside watching golfers finish and head into the club house. The first challenge was to create a design that sprawled out across the lot, making the home large and stately, but within a 24-ft. height restriction. The second challenge was to create plenty of retirement-friendly outdoor living spaces. In the center of the home, a covered deck with bi-folding doors open 27 feet of wall with ceiling-mounted radiant heaters for winter usage. This space also has a remote-controlled screen to enclose the space from bugs.

 

 

VH-1

Vacation Home

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

Point Pleasant, N.J.

richardbubnowskidesign.com

Project Name: South Surf Road Residence

Location: Silver Beach, Toms River, N.J.

Size: 3,503 s.f.

Cost: $1.8 million

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The South Surf Road Residence is a summer home for a family of four that reside full time in Georgia, but are originally from the New York metro area and have vacationed along the New Jersey shore for several years. Located on a flat, relatively small 60 x 108 foot oceanfront lot in Silver Beach along one of New Jersey’s barrier islands, the house is 2 ½ stories with 3500 square feet of interior heated space and approximately 300 additional square feet of exterior space distributed throughout the Screened Porch, covered balconies and the exterior portion of the third level Crow’s Nest. There is also a 20 x 30 foot deck along the east side of the house. Drawing inspiration from the classic Shingle Style beach houses of the Northeast as well as borrowing elements from the architecture of communities such as Seaside and Rosemary Beach, Florida, the aesthetic of this house is an eclectic mix of various styles that have been reinterpreted for contemporary living. The exterior building materials are Western Red Cedar shingle siding and roofing, copper standing seam roofing, mahogany framing at the Screened Porch, Ipe decking, Azek trim boards and moldings and a stone veneer base. Our biggest challenge was achieving the client’s program on an extremely small lot with very restrictive zoning regulations such as lot coverage and building setbacks, especially along the oceanfront portion of the property. Looking for opportunities within the contraints, the house took much of its form from adhering to the strict township setbacks and building coverage requirements as well as solving the client’s building program. Much of the design took its cues from maximizing water views, taking advantage of natural day lighting and breezes, and solar orientation. No variances were sought in the design of this home.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

Very nice use of detail. Love the board and batten at the crow’s nest.

Nice looking home, but with a cost per square foot of approaximately $550 makes difficult challenges very easy to deal with.

Nice cottage look except the north side, interior nice details and look.

 

VH-3

Vacation Home

Laughlin Homes & Restoration, Inc.

Fredericksburg , Texas

hillcountrybuilder.com

Project Name: Barns at Cherry Springs

Location: Fredericksburg, Texas

Size: 1,535 s.f.

Cost: $224,000

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o Exceptional use of light, shadow and form in the design.

o Per-finished siding product that should offer years of maintenance free cladding for the project.

o Simple interior finishes of construction grade woods were used to complement the vernacular form.

o The native landscape will allow the buildings to blend into the surroundings over time allowing the owners to enjoy the native wildlife on the rural setting.

o Rain water is collected from the standing seam metal roofs, providing adequate irrigation for the drought resistant vegetation.

o The concrete foundation was hand waxed to provide a beautiful natural finish that also complemented the budget.

o A unique combination of Lexan and galvanized panels were assembled on the “Tractor Barn” and “Hay Loft” outbuildings highlighting the historic shapes.

Working with an out of town owner, concepts were produced in house via 3-D cad. The project took on the feel of a sculpture as the builder and the owners had weekly sight meetings to select and verify material choices and installation techniques. As almost with the hand of an artist, the collection of buildings came to be a tribute to forms of the past. Although unconventional in process, the results have exceeded the family’s needs and expectations. Working closely with the homeowner, our goal in the design and construction of the “The Barns at Cherry Springs”, was to create a maintenance free weekend getaway as unique as the property itself.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

Excellent use of materials and very creative. Lots of detail for a small project site.

Creative design which achieved client needs and budget. Well done!

Very creative.

 

CD-1

Custom Development

Seven in Seven

Nixa, Mo.

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Project Name: Seven in Seven

Location: Joplin, Missouri

Size: 1,400 to 1,700 s.f.

Cost: Donations

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On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado ripped through the center of Joplin, Mo., carving a path of destruction a half-mile wide and 6 miles long; 161 people lost their lives and more than 4,000 homes and businesses were destroyed. The community decided to build a development with donated labor and material, and construct seven homes in seven days, for seven deserving families. Several challenges stood in the way: restoring infrastructure; choosing a good location; the right leadership; and the right volunteers. A sidewalk was poured to unite all seven houses and provide a sense of community. Suppliers donated in abundance providing more than enough material to complete the project. Twenty-one builders were responsible for this build, and they knew they couldn’t do it alone. Therefore, they made a request for volunteers, and more than 13,000 arrived with the spirit of hope, love and determination. With the phenomenal leadership of the contractors and builders, there was no task too small or great for these volunteers.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“From what can be seen in the photos, quality and detail is great, especially given the time frame.”

“Fantastic project and great execution.”

“Impressive project completed in an extremely short period of time and with a worthy goal being the catalyst. Great job!”

 

B-1

Bathroom

Morning Star Builders

Houston

HomesByMorningStar.com

Project name: Toscona

Location: Cypress, Texas

Size: 4,995

Cost: $890,351

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The goal was to build a spec home to showcase architectural details, universal design functionality and green building techniques to bring awareness and education to the local housing market. The result is a 4,995 sq. ft. Tuscan-styled two-story home with four bedrooms on a half-acre lot in a gated community. Green features include spray foam insulation and tankless water heaters. Universal design features include double-door roll-in shower with grab bars, and wide hallways. Other features include brick for interior finishes in the dining room, kitchen and great room, a barrel-vaulted ceiling with mosaic tile, and a spa-like feel in the master bath.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“I like the towel tilt-out tray in the side of the tub deck.”

“Love the faux fireplace!”

 

 

K-2

Kitchen

Rentfrow Design

Fort Collins, Colo.

rentfrowdesign.com

Project name: Villa al Dichiotto

Location: Timnath, Colo.

Size: 764 s.f.

Cost (total): $1.4 million

Photos: [credit goes here]

 

Originally a spec home, it is located on the 18th green of a new country club. The kitchen was designed for entertaining and meant to feel as the epicenter of the home. Driven by the Tuscan design, the kitchen and great room create the Great Hall concept prevalent in the Tuscan style. The most significant design challenge was a large space and its tall ceiling. The goal was to create something luxurious, but cozy and of course highly functional. The ceiling height challenge was solved with the use of the exposed trusses that begin at the great room fireplace and continue to the kitchen hood. The use of two islands creates space for the cook as well as for those being entertained. A unique element is the island countertop which is 3-in. thick walnut tops with an elegantly routed edge.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“Nice details, truss, backsplash and darker island cabinets.”

 

 

MS-1

Master Suite

Rentfrow Design

Fort Collins, Colo.

rentfrowdesign.com

Project Name: Biggs Residence

Location: Fort Collins, Colo.

Size: 6,845 s.f.

Cost (total): $1.2 million

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Designed for a young family with two kids, this home’s master suite is on the second floor and was designed as a hideaway. The goal was to create a comfortable and relaxing space, but one that is not too large. The client’s style was a thin balance of traditional and contemporary. The most significant challenge was the effect it would have on the home’s front elevation. Clients initially wanted a deck off of the sitting area to capture a mountain view, but as the design developed it became obvious that the deck looked strange on the front of the house. Also, the recessed area opposite the bed was a critical element for the front elevation, so the space was made useful on the interior of the room. The sitting area’s size is perfect and the location is adjacent to the fireplace as well as still being close enough to the sleeping area that it still feels as one space.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“Nice use of niche areas make both spaces very cozy.”

 

 

GR-2

Great Room

B&B Investments: Custom Builders

Grosse Ile, Mich.

bbcustombuilders.com

Project Name: Modern Masterpiece

Location: Grosse Ile, Mich.

Size: 6,400 s.f.

Cost: $4.5 million

Homeowner’s occupation: Retired automotive designer

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The goals were to design a great room for guest entertainment with a bar and fireplace; capture lake views with an all-glass exterior wall system; maintain an open plan and access from adjacent formal dining and other spaces; incorporate varied material concept utilizing Afromosia (African Teak) including possible use at ceilings to create a nautical theme. The fireplace and bar had to be integrated carefully in a limited space between the interior circulation and exterior wall requirements. A custom cantilevered open-corner fireplace with seamless stainless steel responds to the L-shaped room. The exterior wall is entirely glass and steel to allow stunning views of Lake Erie. At the perimeter of the room, the interior materials were closely integrated with the home’s technology, where millwork encloses an elaborate recessed pocket that houses direct and indirect lighting, hidden supply and return air diffusers and automated window shades.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“A very nice family room, but is it really a ‘great room?’”

“Nice detail, captures full views.”

 

 

OL-2

Outdoor Living

Phil Kean Designs

Winter Park, Fla.

philkeandesigns.com

Project Name: The New American Home

Location: Winter Park, Fla.

Size: 4,183 s.f.

Cost: $1.5 million

Homeowner’s occupation: Architect and builder

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The goal was to expand the living and entertaining square footage by creating extensive indoor/outdoor living spaces, and to make these spaces relaxing and serene by using neutral colors, an audio system, water feature and comfortable indoor/outdoor furniture. Additionally, the clients desired a flow between the indoor and outdoor spaces. The home’s lanai, pool deck with summer kitchen and three balconies connect to the interiors via floor-to-ceiling, low-E, movable glass panels. Using a simple palette and consistent materials, these areas seamlessly blend together. Retractable, motorized screens are built into the lanai. The screens also protect the areas from insects and solar glare. A retractable projector and screen with digital surround sound in the family room provide media entertainment for the indoor/outdoor family room and is viewable from the pool.

 

OL-3

Outdoor Living

D’Alessio Inspired Architectural Designs

New Hope, Pa.

BuiltByDAlessio.com

Project name: Resort Oasis

Location: Soleburry, Pa.

Size: 3,000 s.f.

Cost: $500/s.f.

Homeowner’s occupation: CEO

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The plan was to expand unusable space to create a 3,000 s.f. outdoor resort oasis that would become an extension and connection to the home’s indoor rooms. The five-star resort living space needed to appeal to a three-generation, dual-working professional family to relax, have fun and entertain. Separate but cohesive outside terraces were needed for different family and entertaining functions and were to center around a pool/spa, outdoor kitchen, eating area and loggia. Creating a level plot of land required excavating and grating the site, and removing 4,000 cubic yards of soil, incorporating drainage that would deal with run-off from the mountain and keep it away from the house. The pool hardscape surround is made of hand-cut travertine butter-sticks in a herringbone pattern, and leads to the upper terrace, fountain grotto and parterres. The outdoor kitchen ‘rondpoint’ Mandala mosaic, hand-cut stone terrace floor creates a transition from the kitchen to an enclosed loggia with fireplace and TV.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“Very nice!”

“Beautiful space!”

 

 

AF-3

Architectural Feature/Element

D’Alessio Inspired Architectural Designs

New Hope, Pa.

BuiltByDAlessio.com

Project name: Chateau Ballroom

Room size: 2,500 s.f.

Location: Bucks County, Pa.

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The client desired an elegant, luxurious gathering and entertainment space with dramatic 25-ft. ceilings that no one else would have. The room needed views of the property’s 30-acres of rolling hills, a pond, fountain and extensive gardens through floor-to-ceiling windows as well as from the second floor. This was to be a dream room with French architectural accents and intricate custom carved-wood moldings, plaster and hand-forged custom wrought iron. Finding artisans and suppliers to customize the architectural details for the room’s proportions was a challenge. The room was envisioned as a ballroom in the style of Louis XIV, inspired by 17th century décor of the “Queens Guard Room” of the Royal Palace of Versailles. Two oversized chandeliers hang off Palmetto plaster medallions from a 25-ft. vaulted Venetian polished plaster ceiling with gold leaf accents and 24 radius-clipped floral Acanthus scroll corners. Hand hewn 18-ft. wood Corinthian fluted columns emphasize the room’s French doors and window casings that open onto a 40-ft. balcony overlooking the property’s 30 acres.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“They did well achieving their goal of a large, elegant, luxurious gathering room.”

 

 

SRNS-2

Specialty Room/Niche Space

Phil Kean Designs

Winter Park, Fla.

philkeandesigns.com

Project Name: The New American Home

Location: Winter Park, Fla.

Size: 4,183 s.f.

Cost: $1.5 million

Homeowner’s occupation: Architect and builder

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The lot backs up to a three-story condominium building and its alley. To create privacy, the home was designed in a “C” shape with a courtyard in the center. To create privacy and to reduce noise from the alley, all western walls of the home were built without windows. As a result, the living room became an unusually long space with a solid western wall. With art collectors as owners, the solution was to transform the room into an art gallery. Warmth was created by adding wall texture with a stone veneer. A floating ceiling and mimicing carpet placement define spaces. Furniture groupings provide intimate sitting arrangements. A bar with an LED-lighted art glass backsplash was designed to facilitate entertaining and to be a visual draw to the end of the room.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

“Love the space.”

 

 

UT-1

Use of Technology

Leff Construction Design/Build

Sebastopol , Calif.

leffconstruction.com

Project Name: Buck Residence

Location: Cazadero, Calif.

Size: 3,464 s.f.

Cost: $4.5 million

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Owner fell in love with a 775 acre, hilltop site for her hunting lodge-style dream house. The views are expansive and exquisite, but the site is remote and subject to frequent storms and extended power outages. Owner’s technology goals: Owner wanted a big house, but also wanted to be as green and to as close to net zero energy as possible.

•Remote site subject to frequent storms and extended power outages. This house would be the last in the area to have power restored.

•House is big, but owner had certain aesthetic requirements that tend to conflict with building green and sustainably. She wanted seven fireplaces, but wood burning restrictions required the use of propane to fuel several of them and made achieving net zero energy difficult.

•Combined control of the heating, cooling, lighting and power systems was highly complex and novel involving many subcontractors and consultants.

•In order to achieve zero net energy because of the fireplaces and the remote site, we had to have a grid intertied photovoltaic system, but with a battery backup. In addition, there is a propane-fired generator. The mechanical system, controlled by the Climate Right System, is a combined hydronic system with hot water used to heat the house as well as domestic hot water. The energy source is a pellet-fired boiler assisted by solar thermal. All these systems had to be integrated and controlled together, done with the Climate Right System.

•Passive ventilation avoided use of refrigerated air conditioning. Passive cooling sensors allow outside air in the house and this also had to be controlled.

•The extensive interior and exterior lighting is all high efficacy LED lighting to meet green requirements. This, as well as any power usage, is controlled and monitored from her iPad with the Savant system.

•Integrating the controls for all these systems required careful coordination, great care and attention to precision and exceptional communication between the architect, builder, consultants and engineers. Using our design/build process, everyone on the project was involved in intense collaboration from the outset.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

Hard to determine

Very nice use of building, technology for the site.

 

UT-2

Use of Technology

Phil Kean Designs

Winter Park, Fla.

philkeandesigns.com

Project Name: The New American Home

Location: Winter Park, Fla.

Size: 4,183 s.f.

Cost: $1.5 million

Homeowner’s occupation: Architect and builder

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The home has almost every conceivable technology system available: 2 hidden entertainment systems; 7 zone digital video distribution with 3 cable boxes, Blu-ray, AppleTV; 14 audio zones; control of every light in the home; 13 motorized shades fully integrated with the lighting system; 6 video surveillance cameras; front door video intercom station; 32 zone alarm system with cellular communications; pool and water features controls; robust WiFi network; and professional grade equipment enclosure and power system. These technology systems are integrated using a new home automation system that allows whole house and specific room “scene” programming as well as manual control. The homeowner wanted the latest in home technology products that were user friendly and virtually invisible. The home is very modern, and in keeping with simplicity and clean lines, any visible technology needed to have the same look and feel as its native space. The homeowner required that the home’s two media systems be completely hidden. The latest in control systems was chosen that runs on a Mac and is configured, deployed and maintained from the Cloud. The standardized user interface makes the system easy to use. It is controlled using 3 wall-mounted iPads, 2 wall-mounted iPod Touch’s, and the homeowners’ handheld iPads and smartphones. Hiding the homes two media systems was a critical process that required close collaboration with the Architect, Interior Designer, project manager and cabinet fabricator. The Family Room’s hidden projection system was integrated after framing by devising a method which required a custom in-house fabricated projector lift system that is completely concealed.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

This home is a low voltage tech home, not sure from construction side.

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