[house plan] – An energy efficient home built by Brightbuilt!

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This is the Brightbuilt Barn… it can be configured as a studio/office space, or as a 1 or 2 bedroom home.  This plan ranges from 670-960 square feet. Small. Efficient. These homes consume 50% less energy, are easier to maintain and can be built in approximately four months. 960 square feet seems pretty small, but if the plan is efficient then it could work!

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Note that there is a loft space above Bedroom 2, the bath and the kitchen (in the two bedroom plan). See the stairs situated between bedroom one and two? This loft space could be for storage or even an extra guest… who knows!

There are options available to make this home a net zero (pay no electricity) option… from the Brightbuilt website:

Energy efficiency features available

Super-insulated construction R-60 roof

R-40 walls

R-20 basement, R-10 slab
Photovoltaic solar panels

High-efficiency heat and air conditioning • Energy-efficient, triple-glazed windows
Airtight construction
Low-flow showerheads and faucets 

Add to that the low VOC paint, high efficiency heat/AC, low flow fixtures… it just gets better and better.

This gives yet another option to the very well built homes that are net zero, or as close as possible. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Check out their website for the other (larger) plans!

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All images via Brightbuilthome.com

Yesterday the preview… today the GOLOGIC 1,000 sq ft awesome floor plan, photos included…


You remember yesterday I posted this home built by GOLOGIC Homes, it’s gorgeous (to see more photos of the interior click HERE…)

You can also see this home in FINE HOMEBUILDING magazine… Here’s the article!

I like this floor plan… it’s nice and open with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom… how sweet it is!


All images via www.gologic.us (and FineHomeBuilding.comused with permission…
Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the design firm.

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Lake Flato Porch Houses… Efficient, architecturally appealing and downright JAW DROPPING!

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I KNOW! GORGEOUS! CONTEMPORARY! ECLECTIC! Whoa, awesome design coupled with energy efficient these architects have come up with a masterpiece! It would be really neat to have the main part of the home with a master bedroom/bathroom, living area, kitchen and powder room and have a separate area for guests or a studio! Imagine this situated where you can watch a sunrise/sunset?! Heaven. On. Earth!

This is from LAKE FLATS PORCH HOMES, and I think their design concept is downright brilliant! They can be as energy efficient as you like… install solar panels and you can become net zero or darn close to it! Check out the Lake Flato Porch House website… spread the word, these are awesome! If you live in a colder climate, check out my past post about G-O LOGIC Homes same concept, but for cold weather climates!

I am in love with this kitchen… all these fabulous windows, but protected with a wide overhang… so you get the light, just not the damaging bright direct light, and loooook at that counter space!

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This shows one of the design plans… You have your living space in one area, connected to the master bedroom by a breezeway that can either be open or glassed in. Then another building with two bedrooms and a bathroom can be placed nearby. What I like about this is that it affords family/guests some privacy while keeping them close at the same time. You could also use it as a studio space and guest room… just think… the possibilities are endless!

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Here is the Lake Flato concept, from their website:

Porch House, with a uniquely adaptable design and construction process, enables its inhabitants to be a partner with the environment, in a house shaped by the climate and place, where the landscape and rooms are a unified whole. Like many of our firm’s celebrated designs, the Porch House is born from the simplicity of vernacular architecture and leverages what Lake|Flato has learned over the years in terms of good design, quality, sustainability, and practicality.
The factory built rooms are arranged on the site to take advantage of views, breeze, solar orientation, and outdoor spaces.  The custom designed site built “porch elements”, such as breezeways, porches, overhangs, and carports are the “connecting tissue” which holds the rooms together while allowing the overall design to adapt to the unique characteristics of the site, the weather and the client’s program.Expected time from design approval to move in is 6-9 months. A Porch House uses considerably less energy than a typical house and can be designed for “net zero energy consumption” with the addition of photovoltaic panels. Current projections for hard building cost range around $150-225 per square foot.
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