Outside In House
As part of a green home design competition, SPARC designed the Outside In House, a 1600 square foot modern home on a wooded lake lot. The home owners are a married couple with an appreciation for nature and the desire to have a low-maintenance and energy efficient home. Their personal hobbies include reading poetry, painting and gardening.
The two-story home provides a compact footprint that minimizes disturbance to the natural setting along the lake. With the small footprint, the challenge to provide enough storage was solved with the design of a storage chord. This design element runs the length and height of the house and features all of the kitchen, office, bedroom, and bathroom storage needs. Coupled with a large open floor plan for entertaining, the exterior walls are filled with windows to achieve a connection to the natural surroundings.
The home would not be occupied year-round, therefore, low-maintenance materials and systems were proposed. Large overhangs were provided on the south side to provide shading during the summer months but allow passive solar strategies in the winter.