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LEED House “Like A Houseboat”

Monday, January 13, 2014
LEED House “Like A Houseboat”

LEED House “Like A Houseboat”
Shipley Architects has created completely a sustainable house in 2008, it is called "like a houseboat".
This contemporary house was named that because of this house is floated above poor soil on steel beams. LEED Platinum was received "like a houseboat". Many kind of home technologies feature this house more eco-friendly and might able adapt with the natural environment such as geothermal heating and cooling system, reusing wood planks.

Architects: Shipley Architects
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Architect In Charge: Dan Shipley
Builder: Rick Fontenot of Constructive General Contractors
Client: Rick & Julie Fontenot
Area: 1,490 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Charles Davis Smith

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“Based on location alone, this 1,490-square-foot house takes significant steps toward a reduced carbon footprint. It’s part of Urban Reserve, a development of modern residences in Dallas that sits near a light-rail station and a hiking and biking trail. Along with this proximity to green transportation options, the zero-lot-line community encourages space- efficient house designs. “Just the way it’s planned automatically puts Urban Reserve into a more sustainable category,” says Dan Shipley, FAIA, principal of Dallas-based Shipley Architects.

But he and the homeowners took the project much further into green territory, ultimately achieving LEED Platinum status. The clients “did all the LEED paperwork,” Shipley confides. “That allowed us to concentrate on designing the house.”

One of their biggest challenges was the site’s poor soil quality. The property was once a landfill, and its weak, expansive soil has a low bearing capacity. But Shipley and his staff came up with a creative, cost-effective solution: They floated the house above the earth on steel beams supported by concrete piers. This siting method upped the home’s green quotient, due to its minimal disturbance of the land. The design team even managed to incorporate salvaged wood—2-inch-by-12-inch planks from the dance floor at the clients’ wedding—into the main floor frame.

A geothermal system heats and cools the house, as is the case in many of the firm’s recent projects. “We’ve been doing geothermal a lot lately,” Shipley says. “People like the idea of it. It uses natural means for the heat exchange, and it gets rid of awkward, clumsy condensing units.” Pressure-treated wood that typically would be used for porch flooring makes an unconventional siding material. “It just goes up quickly,” he notes. And a ramp of metal grating creates a more substantial entry passage into the 20-foot-wide home. “In small houses, the question is always, How do you have a sense of arrival and movement?” he says. “Once you do go in the front door, you’re right there at the kitchen island. The ramp was a way of leveraging or extending the sense of arrival.” The gang-plank-like ramp, along with the home’s compact, floating nature, inspired the nickname “Like a Houseboat."
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Sustainable Home, Mod Cott

Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Sustainable Home, Mod Cott
Home Design by Mell Lawrence Architects
Texas, Mell Lawrence Architects has done the contemporary home design project then implemented for a client home in Lake Buchanan.
This house named Mod Cott wear a contemporary style, which the designer features environmental friendly technologies in order to supporting activity caused of its lonely home location, such as photovoltaic solar panels, rain water collector system, and big windows could make this home survive. A garden placed to save the regional plant and beautify the outdoor view.


Architects: Mell Lawrence Architects
Location: Lake Buchanan, Texas, USA
Project Team: Mell Lawrence FAIA, Scott Smith, François Levy, Krista Whitson, & Mark Winford
Area: 1400.0 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Mell Lawrence Architects, Jacob Termansen
Structural Design: Smith Structural Engineers
Contractor: Classic Constructors
Landscape: Brenda Barger Landscape Design
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"A simple metal volume perched high on a bluff offers targeted views of the lake below.Predominantly oriented to the south, the houses galvanized metal exterior is punctuated by storefront windows that frame vignette views to the south, east and west. Inside, a partition wall divides the elongated rectangular interior and supports the lofts structure, which appears to float above the glazed joist spaces.

Thick fir decking, sitting atop steel wide flange joists, creates both a ceiling for the private area below and the floor for the loft above. Fir boards wrap three sides of the interior as a super sized wainscoting unifying the stairway, kitchenette and powder room functions.

Thirteen-foot tall double doors echo the oversized wainscoting effect by further expanding the sense of scale and height in the small space.

The doors open to capture the southern view, prevailing breezes, and sounds and scents of nature creating seamless indoor-outdoor connections when desired.

Although it is on the grid, its 14 photovoltaic panels collect enough energy to power its intermittent use. Rainwater collected from the roof provides all household water while the xeriscaped landscape requires no irrigation."
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