French Countryside Style Residence
The design for this new residence was influenced by traditional buildings seen in the French countryside, featuring stone masonry exterior and cottage-style detailing. Sustainability was a core design strategy for the building systems. The home was designed to set on the edge of the woods to buffer north and west winds, but overlooking a prairie grass meadow to the south. Features include passive solar design in the overall house layout including fenestration and main rooms on an east/west axis for good solar orientation, a geothermal closed loop heating system, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and three Rumford fireplaces. In this residence, modern technology pairs with traditional design to fulfill the clients desire for a sustainable home.