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The modular home is made from two modules with a marriage line running vertically from the peak of the gable.

a new norris house, norris, tenn.

a new norris house, norris, tenn.

  • The modular home is made from two modules with a marriage line running vertically from the peak of the gable.

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    The modular home is made from two modules with a marriage line running vertically from the peak of the gable.

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    Ken McCown

    The modular home is made from two modules with a marriage line running vertically from the peak of the gable.

  • Laminated red and white oak planks make up the kitchen countertops, while the windows offer views of the trees.

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    Laminated red and white oak planks make up the kitchen countertops, while the windows offer views of the trees.

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    Ken McCown

    Laminated red and white oak planks make up the kitchen countertops, while the windows offer views of the trees.

  • The homes first floor plan.

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    The homes first floor plan.

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    The home’s first floor plan.

  • The homes loft plan.

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    The homes loft plan.

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    The home’s loft plan.

  • A section of the home.

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    A section of the home.

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    A section of the home.

  • Another section of the home.

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    Another section of the home.

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    Another section of the home.

  • Exterior materials include a metal roof, custom cedar door, and Atlantic white cedar siding.

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    Exterior materials include a metal roof, custom cedar door, and Atlantic white cedar siding.

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    Ken McCown

    Exterior materials include a metal roof, custom cedar door, and Atlantic white cedar siding.

  • Planted terrace beds work with the existing topography to treat grey water and manage stormwater on site.

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    Planted terrace beds work with the existing topography to treat grey water and manage stormwater on site.

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    Ken McCown

    Planted terrace beds work with the existing topography to treat grey water and manage stormwater on site.

  • The casement window and terrace doors on the rear deck provide views to the forest.

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    The casement window and terrace doors on the rear deck provide views to the forest.

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    Ken McCown

    The casement window and terrace doors on the rear deck provide views to the forest.

  • The wood floors were recycled from 100-year-old Kentucky barns.

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    The wood floors were recycled from 100-year-old Kentucky barns.

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    Ken McCown

    The wood floors were recycled from 100-year-old Kentucky barns.

  • A ladder provides access to the loft.

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    A ladder provides access to the loft.

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    Ken McCown

    A ladder provides access to the loft.

  • All non-floor tile in the bathroom shower was purchased for $100 from factory extras.

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    All non-floor tile in the bathroom shower was purchased for $100 from factory extras.

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    Ken McCown

    All non-floor tile in the bathroom shower was purchased for $100 from factory extras.

  • The team kept cost low with IKEA bath fixtures and fittings.

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    The team kept cost low with IKEA bath fixtures and fittings.

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    Ken McCown

    The team kept cost low with IKEA bath fixtures and fittings.

  • The home's private zones have lower ceilings to allow for the loft above.

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    The home's private zones have lower ceilings to allow for the loft above.

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    Ken McCown

    The home's private zones have lower ceilings to allow for the loft above.

a new norris house, norris, tenn.
the university of tennessee college of architecture + design
knoxville, tenn.

To mark the anniversary of the model homes that were part of the Norris Dam construction project in Tennessee, a team of students and faculty from the University of Tennessee reinterpreted the structures with green materials, building science, and prefab technology. Our judges were awed with the results: “Super elegantly done,” one said. “A really refined vernacular application that lifts it to another level.”

The original Norris home was an example of modern, affordable, and efficient living. It had a small footprint and was built in various styles, says Samuel Mortimer, a member of the project team. A New Norris House builds on that tradition, adds Tricia A. Stuth, AIA. “These houses are historic and forward-looking,” she says. To exploit modular technology, the home is largely prefabricated and features a completely sealed shell stuffed with batt insulation and wrapped with 1-inch-thick foam board. The team sited the structure for solar gain and included rainwater harvesting and graywater recycling.

Despite its modest lineage, the home is not austere. The designers outfitted the interior with recycled wood flooring and built-in cabinets, and clad the home in a metal roof and a wood rainscreen. The result “is simple architecturally but rich,” one judge said.

 

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project credits

principals in charge: Tricia A. Stuth, AIA, and Robert French, University of Tennessee College of Architecture + Design (UT CoAD); project managers: Levi Hooten, Matthew Lyle, Samuel Mortimer, and Valerie Friedmann, UT CoAD; project team members: Paul Attea, Eric Bennett, Tyler Blazer, Matt Childress, Mitzi Coker, Claire Craven, Katharine Dike, Maxi Tittel Frank, Clint Harris, A.J. Heidel, Daniel Hunter, Michele Jasper, Arya Kabiri, Ben Lamons, Michael Linehan, Daniel Luster, Derek Markee, Allie Ross Matheson, Chris Melander, Mary Miller, Justin Mincey, Joan Monaco, Laws Nelson, Andew Pirtle, Andy Pittman, Tyler Puryear, Patrick Quiessar, Ryan Ray, Nick Richardson, Andrew Ruff, Jimmy Ryan, John Sasse, and Ruyi Shi; general contractor: UT CoAD design/build program with Clayton Homes (modular), Maryville, Tenn., and Johnson & Galyon (on-site support), Knoxville; landscape architect/interior designer: UT CoAD design/build program; project size: 768 square feet; site size: 0.28 acre; construction cost: $189 per square foot; photography: Ken McCown.


product details

bath cabinets: Ikea, www.ikea.com; bath and kitchen fittings: Moen, www.moen.com; bath fixtures: Ikea, www.ikea.com, Kohler, www.kohler.com; cooktop and refrigerator: GE, www.ge.com; doors and windows: Andersen Windows & Doors, www.andersenwindows.com; flooring: Terra Green, www.terragreenceramics.com, Crossville, www.crossvilleinc.com; hardware: Blum, www.blum.com, Baldwin, www.baldwinhardware.com; hot water: Enerworks, enerworks.com; hvac equipment: Eemax, www.eemaxinc.com, Fantech, fantech.net, Mitsubishi, www.mehvac.com; insulation: Johns Manville, www.jm.com, Icynene, www.icynene.com; lighting: Artemide, www. www.artemide.us, Sea Gull Lighting, www.seagulllighting.com, Modern Fan Co., www.modernfan.com; oven: Whirlpool Corp., www.whirlpool.com; paint: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com, Cabot’s, www.cabotstains.com, Sikkens, www.sikkens.us; roofing: Englert, www.englertinc.com; skylight: Velux America, www.velux.com