Project: Residential addition/renovation in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland
A family of 6 has decided to leave behind their 7,000 sq.ft. residence with outrageous energy bills for a more sustainable and simple lifestyle.
Having no preconceptions towards the existing house and property, the new design aims to re-invent the formal entry to the property and composition of the house. The existing 1,100 sq.ft. residence, built in 1953, sits on 4 acres of land. The property is covered with specimen trees and overlooks a rolling lawn that falls into the forest below.
The clients desired the new residence to be an energy-efficient design and composed of sustainable, long-lasting, low-maintenance materials. The energy system will be a geo-thermal forced air system powered by a 6kw electric solar array on the new south facing roof. Solar hot-water panels will also be utilized. Closed cell soy-based spray foam insulation will provide a tight and efficient building envelope in both the old and new portions of the house.
The new driveway will be placed on the north side of the property leading to a new entry courtyard placed between the new addition and existing garage. The first floor of the house will expand the common living areas and be connected to a new roof garden and trellis over the existing garage. A 2nd floor will be added to the house and contain all the bedroom/bathroom spaces. The master suite will face the lawn and overlook the forrest and sunsets.
Completion set for July 2012.