WIDE OPEN HOUSE
- Square Footage: 2,195
- Levels: 2
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Garage: two-car
- Office: Yes
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Wide Open House is a 2+ bedroom, 2-3 bathroom energy-conscious house, suited to both suburban and rural lots with views as well as lots with intimate backyards. Designed for fluid indoor-outdoor living, the house is composed of three primary volumes on one level: 1. living/dining/kitchen area, 2. master bedroom and bathroom and 3. second bedroom, bathroom, laundry and garage. These three “boxes” surround an outdoor room and a two-storey tower that provides access to a roof deck and planted, green roof.
Hydronic radiant heated floors with passive/active stack-effect cooling. For optimal solar performance, the back elevation of the house should be oriented to the south.
A true outdoor living room at the heart of the house.
Plans include a 592-square-foot garage and an optional 2,050-square-foot partially finished walk-out basement. Unfinished areas could be configured for additional bedrooms, storage or larger multi-purpose areas. Additional doors and windows could be included in the concrete basement wall. For flat sites the walk-out basement feature could be eliminated but the basement preserved or replaced with a crawlspace or concrete slab-on-grade. The green roof is optional.
With the garage at one side and the entry in the corner, a walled courtyard at the front of the house is the first of several outdoor rooms in the Wide Open House that foster indoor-outdoor living for all climates. From here, a large glass-enclosed entry leads into the heart of the house. To the right, a kitchen with a large island faces into a large dining / living area with floor to ceiling glass opening onto a deck that spans the entire width of the house. At the living room end a large masonry fireplace anchors the room and creates a small study alcove. Another outdoor room off the living room and study offers a sheltered, private space isolated from the activity of the interior. To the left of the entry and off the dining room is a large deck enclosed by the house on 3 sides. This is a true outdoor living room at the heart of the house. On the far side of this deck is a spacious master bedroom suite with windows on all 4 sides and decks on three sides. Behind the central deck, a third wing includes the garage, laundry, bathroom and a second bedroom / office. A brightly-painted stair tower anchors the middle of the house and provides access to an optional basement below and rooftop deck above.
The clean, modern lines of this house are Wide Open to views, light and air.
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