This project is a single-family residence located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, it is a 1,950 square foot ranch with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, kitchen, living room, dining room, and various utility and storage areas. The main level is wheelchair accessible. In the future, the lower level, which is a walk-out with full-height glazing, will be finished to provide 2-3 additional bedrooms, 1 full bath, family room, and additional storage.
Starting with a blank slate allowed the design of this house to take full advantage of what nature has to offer. The house utilizes a passive solar design, which means it is properly oriented toward the sun, using careful calculations for glazing area, thermal mass, and roof overhangs. Special attention was also given to operable window location to give the house optimal natural ventilation. In addition, the home has many other “green” features, such as advanced framing, geothermal heating and cooling, enhanced insulation, dual-flush toilets, low-flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star lighting and ceiling fans, environmentally-friendly, recycled and low-maintenance materials. All of these elements contributed to the LEED for Homes Certification at the Silver level and an Energy Star rating of 5 Stars Plus. The home is also equipped with a conduit that runs from the roof down to the lower level, for potential future solar panel installation.
Click here to check out the blog that documented the entire construction process of this home! It includes a lot of photos and additional information about the project.