| Since design
aesthetics are highly personal, we describe here the functional
reasons why we chose the design that we did:
* Simple, open floor plan easy to heat and circulate air and easy to fill with day light.
* Small (1250 ft2 or 135 m2) less materials to buy,
less labor, and therefore less expensive to build; cozy
feel that encourages creative and playful use of space.
* Open loft given the relatively small design, the open loft provides vertical complexity and open space that makes the space appear larger than it is.
* Simple roof line and simple lines/angles keeping the shell relatively simple, with mostly square angles helped significantly cut construction costs while creating an elegant, contemporary look.
* Decorative wood and stained floor given the contemporary,
boxy design, abundant decorative wood and rust-colored
floor helped add warmth and coziness.
Summary of Green Features on a Tight Budget:
Optimal placement of low E windows and overhangs for passive solar design
Well insulated and tight envelope
Concrete floor and radiant heating for increased thermal mass
Active solar heating of domestic hot water and floors
Heat Recovery Ventilator and Drain Heat Recovery systems
Extensive day lighting combined with efficient LED and CFL lighting
Recycled metal roof, recycled cork flooring
Re-used sinks, bathtub, and kitchen range
All decorative interior wood is salvaged firewood
All counters and cabinets are fast growing bamboo
Small and compact, yet comfortable, floor plan