contemporary open-plan layout 2,895 gross square feet eco home 1,432 gross square feet alfresco and terrace 506 gross square feet carport 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 2 vehicle bay carport
The contemporary house plans are designed for Texans seeking sanctuary and an off-grid lifestyle.
The residence optimizes passive solar design performance during the cooler winter months and achieves a high energy efficiency rating when situated with a south orientation. The horizontal roof provides an indoor-outdoor alfresco space by cantilevering over the alfresco elevation for the low afternoon sun during the hotter Texan summer afternoons. The large roof area can harvest potable rainwater for ultraviolet light filtration and 143,725 Gallon tank storage. Visitors enter the open-plan living area on the eastern elevation and through a generous 8 foot high double glazed timber pivot door with the passive solar design further enhanced by incorporating 8 foot high clear anodized end-sliding doors that open the indoor outdoor living areas of the residence.
The architectural design incorporates a rooftop solar hot water unit which is connected to a wood fuel firebox for wood fuel boosting and heating through the cooler winter months. The contemporary residence features photovoltaic electricity generation so ticks all the boxes for any prepper.
Environmentally Sustainable Design principles of the contemporary house plans generate energy-efficiency and reduced running costs over the lifecycle of the residence. Well-considered open plan living spaces capture the winter heat gain, when the sun is at lower azimuth, and eliminate the worst of the summer heat gain. Depending on the climate zone, the highlight louver windows to the main living area maximize natural light and ‘stack effect’ ventilation and eliminate the need for extensive air-conditioning.