Project

Posted on:

Richardson Family Residence

Arkin Tilt Architects

Shared By

rbarron

Consultants

  • Landscape Architect: Lutsko & Associates

Project Status

Built

Year Completed

2012

Size

2,400 sq. feet

Construction Cost

$550

Certifications and Designations

Type

Custom

Room or Space

Bath

Kitchen

Outdoor

Style

Modern

View all (11) images

Project Description

Builder's Choice and Custom Home Awards Finalist

On a north-sloping acre in Palo Alto, Calif., this house is carefully sited and detailed to maximize the experience of its semi-rural site while remaining comfortable year-round. Rigorous design, testing and construction detailing resulted in an elegant, high-performance, low-carbon house that is a frame for sustainable living.

Two shed-roofed volumes, oriented and shaped for passive and active solar, are linked to create a private courtyard. Designed to receive afternoon shade from a stand of mature oaks, the courtyard opens to a hillside meadow and upper pool terrace with vegetable garden.

Balancing high and low technologies, the high performance envelope of exterior insulation, air-sealing, rain-screen siding and interior thermal mass combine with simple solar strategies: overhangs, shading fins, sliding shutters, and espaliered fruit trees. With electric-only appliances, air-to-water heat pump and 6.75KW photovoltaic array, the house achieves net zero energy, taking the classic California courtyard house to a new level.
Advertisement
Add A Project
Publish Your Projects Show off and upload images, text, and video of your work. We pick the very best for our project newsletters. Upload

Join the Discussion

Please read our Content Guidelines before posting

Close X