Project Participants:jls design
The project's very basic
form began as a response to a simple agenda: capturing the abundant natural
light, the owner's desire to explore 21st century "mountain modern"
architecture, and quiet integration of environmentally friendly building
practices and technology.
Appropriate siting of the
residence as it relates to the topography, solar exposure, snow shedding, and
green-belt adjacency maximizes passive solar design and overall livability.
The 3,118 sq. ft. residence
faced with detailed cor-ten panels, ledgestone, judicious amounts of redwood
and cement fiber panels, solidly anchors the shed roof, which is juxtaposed to
the horizontal cantilever of the low-slope "blade" roofs. The plan of
the house steps with the site, alleviating the need for extensive grading and
results in a dynamic living space.
A number of sustainable
aspects that are intentionally undetectable but highly effective include
passive solar gain, extensive natural day-lighting, and these green technology
- SIPS (Structural Insulated
Panel System) were utilized as the structure and insulation system for the main
upper shed roof. The overall grid layout was generated by the SIPS capacity for
this specific property.
- Aspen Areogel Spaceloft
insulation was installed for thermal bridging protection at exterior walls and
between the subfloor and lightweight concrete (R-5) to boost the
efficiency/speed of hydronic floor heating system.
- All under floor cavities
and battered wall cavities were lined with radiant foil.
- An additional 1-inch
(above and beyond wall cavity insulation) Owens Corning "FORMULAR"
was installed at the battered stone walls and the steel skinned towers.
- All exterior walls were
filled with 5 1/2-inch of "Icynene" closed cell foam insulation
(solid) and lined with radiant foil prior to sheetrock installation.
- Lutron Homeworks System
(smart home electronic system) controls the lighting, motorized windows, shades,
and fan systems.
- 2 low flow whole house
fans (AirScape) were installed to utilize a "stack effect" at the top
of the stairwell tower for summer ventilation/exhausting.
- 1 ton of concrete
hydronically heated thermal mass was installed in an internal wall separating
the living room and upper gallery.
- A high efficiency masonry
- Low flow toilets
- Green components must be
integral to the project, rather than applique
- A cohesive team (owner,
builder, and architect) is absolutely necessary to the execution and ultimate
desired level project completion. Therefore the understanding of the project
intent not only by the contractor. architect, and owner, but also by all the
individual trades (subs) prior to commencement of work is paramount for the
success of the project.
- Unconventional means and
methods need additional coordination.
- Complete understanding of
the ramifications of a materials use, whether it be "green" or not,
should be fully assessed prior to incorporation.
Any project, a remodel, an
addition, or a project from the ground, up needs an owner(s) who is on board
100%, and prepared to work and fight for the integrity of a project, not only
financially but more importantly emotionally. Pushing the aforementioned
struggle further is the attempt to integrate feasibly and subtly emerging
technologies. The team must work diligently and tenaciously to keep that goal
in mind and ultimately achieve it. This project is a testament to Craig Horangic
and Doreen Franke's unyielding persistence to achieve that goal with the
understanding the eventual results would enrich their lives far beyond mere
Fernwood Folly Residence
Doreen Fronke & Craig Horangic
jls design (Joel L. Sherrnan, Architect)
Builder/Contractor: Galletto Construction (Jim Galletto) ; Black Diamond Construction
& Coatings (Steve Funk)
Date of Construction: Completed in summer 2009
3,118 sq. ft. Single Family Dwelling with 532 sq ft. Garage
Building Construction Type: Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPS) at main
roof, conventional wood framing & a few steel gravity load framing members
(no moment frames due to the use of SIPS)
Heating Systems: Hydronic radiant floor heating system, high efficiency Moberg MFC
masonry heater fireplace, and whole house fan cooling
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