The Sustainable Design Center

Bio-regionally Appropriate Architecture Collaboration and Planning for a Cleaner, Healthier Planet

A Modern Farmhouse

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Farm Home and Barn, The Pineywoods, TX. Architect on a 1256 s.f. home connected to a barn via a screened dog trot. The home, dog trot and barn are orientated for passive solar heating, cooling and natural ventilation. The home has a full length south facing covered porch and an east facing deck with a shade trellis to provide diffuse morning light. The Barn is located on the North side of the home and projects to the East-which funnels the South East breezes to the home in the summer and shelters the East side of the home from the North winds in the winter.
A geothermal heating and cooling system and a rainwater collection system w/ 30,000 gallons of storage capacity provide water and interior comfort. A 5 kw photovoaltiac system provides a large portion of the homes electrical needs. Andersen windows, a demand water heater and a manifold plumbing system are also included. Both buildings are constructed of 2X6 studs. The home walls have 5-1/2” open cell spray foam insulation while the barn walls have 5-1/2” wet blown cellulose insulation. Both have a 26 gauge snap lock metal roof. The home’s roof has 9” open cell spray foam insulation while the barn has 12” blown cellulose.. This project was completed in October 2011 and achieved a 5 star rating on the City of Austin Green Building Rating System.