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(Fine Homebuilding article by Chris & Shannon)


Architectural design and construction of custom passive solar home in Floyd, Virginia. Green building features include minimum footprint and disturbance to site, natural cooling and lighting, and use of recycled and local materials.

-Dense woods of flowering dogwood and hawthorns. Potential view to distant hills.

Program-Small house and studio for couple. Need for passive solar, lots of light, natural ventilation and low maintenance.

Solution-Small footprint, vertical development, corner windows to expand sense of space. Roof deck for views. Stucco walls contrast and reflect natural setting. Radiant heat, recycled tires used in foundation. Built-in storage and bookcases throughout with durable materials used in high traffic areas.

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Radiant heating greatly reduces pollen and dust in the air, making it ideal for people with allergies or asthsma.