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Shomos Residence

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Firm: Benjamin C. Obregon Architect

Project Status: Completed in early summer 2006

Project Description: New home nestled between the oak trees on a gently sloping hillside facing north. The 3 bdrm 2 bath home has 2,120 s.f. of heated and cooled space (of which 688 s.f. is a generous master suite encompassing the second floor.) The home’s long axis runs east to west and it is shaded by large oaks on the southeast, south, southwest sides and west sides. Passive solar heating and cooling is further accentuated by 400 s.f. of covered porches and screened porches on the south side at both floors. The home features extended overhangs, R-30 ceiling insulation, radiant barrier decking, continuous ridge and soffit venting, a 26 gauge snap lock metal roof, 2×6 stud walls w/ wet blown cellulose insulation, a thermal chimney, Pella metal clad wood double pane insulated windows, a rainwater collection system and a seer 14 HVAC system. In addition, there is a separate 384 s.f. artist studio w/ a covered porch and views to the valley beyond.