This new home is carefully positioned on a one-acre lot, which includes an existing wetland area in the West End of Richmond. In response to the existing site and solar orientation, the plan was developed with a long east–west axis. This will allow the housetofitwell on its site and take full advantage of natural lighting and solar heat gain potential.
The two-story house is designed to function around a large family room with a central fireplace on the ground floor. Directly off of the large living space will be a large kitchen. Dining, mud room, bedrooms and a study complete the ground floor plan. On the second floor there will be a large play room, and children’s bedrooms.
Architecturally, the house is designed in a modern vocabulary, with simple and clear geometry and crisp detailing. A standing seam metal roof, stucco and cement board siding materials have been proposed for the exterior finishes along with sensitively placed and efficient windows.
The Owner is interested in pursuing LEED certification. Sustainable building products and components are being considered in the design as well as the implementation of a high efficiency mechanical system. Sheltered outdoor spaces will create a strong connection between the exterior and interior of the home.