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This proposal rebuilds an entire city block in Christchurch, New Zealand, hard hit by a massive earthquake in 2011. The development includes a 43-unit apartment building, 16 townhomes, retail shops and community gardens. Sustainable site features include pervious concrete, vegetated carport roofs, rain gardens and pedestrian connections to nearby public transportation.
The 3-bedroom, 2-story townhouses are designed to appeal to a broad range of homeowners and can easily be configured to either 2- or 3-bedrooms, depending on the needs of the buyers. Sustainable features include cross-laminated timber framing, ductless mini-split heat pumps, heat recovery ventilation, grey water recycling, solar hot water panels, hybrid insulation, triple-glazed windows and recycled materials.
On the exterior, the townhomes will be clad with low-maintenance materials including corrugated metal siding, standing seam metal roofs, cement-fiber lap siding, stainless steel cable railing and composite deck lumber.
This 2,000 square foot, 3-bedroom home will feature a number of energy-efficient details including photovoltaic panels, solar hot-water panels, ductless mini-split heat pumps, heat recovery ventilation, grey water recycling, hybrid insulation and high-performance windows.
The energy-efficient home will feature low-maintenance/low-impact materials, including corrugated metal siding, standing seam metal roof, high-performance windows and composite deck lumber.
On the ground floor, roll-up aluminum-and-glass garage doors in the Great Room will provide sweeping territorial views, abundant light and a strong indoor-outdoor connection. The private master bedroom suite features its own deck, hot tub, spacious bathroom and walk-in closet. Upstairs, two bedrooms will have their own deck on the vegetated roof.
This home will be replace an existing 1-story waterfront structure that will be torn down to its foundation. The new home will feature 4 bedrooms and incorporate a number of energy-efficient features, including a new geothermal heat pump, enhanced insulation, high-performance windows and future photovoltaic panels.
The new home will better serve the needs of a family of 6, as well as showcase sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. The ground floor will include a private master bedroom suite with its own deck. A new Great Room will feature a river rock fireplace, built-in bookcases, granite hearth and eat-in kitchen.
On the water side, two separate decks span the length of the home and can be accessed by patio doors in each room. On the second floor, three bedrooms share a large deck with views of Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains.
The design of this 2,800 square foot home incorporates a number of sustainable and low-impact features, including pervious concrete and rain gardens to help with storm water filtration. The walls of the house will be built to R-43, utilizing rigid insulation over the wall sheathing. Ductless mini-split heat pumps and heat recovery ventilation will minimize energy costs. Recycled and local materials will be used throughout.