Considering the huge financial investment we make in a home, we really should take into account more than the first-blush appearance of shiny floors, pretty fixtures and impressive color schemes. Taking stock of a home's inner parts & workings and optimizing the whole system can yield outstanding benefits. So in addition to the functionality and…Read more
From Napkin-Sketch to Virtual Reality
The Clients came to King Engineering with a beautiful Victorian concept and a dream of building a near net-zero home. We were able to keep close to their concept while taking into account site constraints, constructability considerations, improved flow & spatial relationships, and re-sale appeal. The home features full height ICF walls from basement to roof, a three-quarter wrap-around porch, a second floor balcony over the dining room with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, 10ft ceilings on the main floor, and two master suites. The south side of the home will feature a ground-mounted solar array to meet the electrical demand and geothermal for heating & cooling.
The Pretty Good House, by Michael Maines
A great article from GreenBuildingAdvisor.com on realistic design considerations to achieve a well-performing, sustainably-minded home: http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/guest-blogs/pretty-good-houseRead more
APL #105 – South Facing Outdoors
Passive Solar SIP home - Architecture by Sunlight Homes, structural engineering by King Engineering Always place buildings to the north of outdoor spaces that go with them, and keep the outdoor spaces to the south. Never leave a deep band of shade between the building and the sunny part of the outdoors. From our blog…Read more