So what is a Zero Energy Home? A ZEH is a home that is self sufficient–It provides what it needs to consume, and has its own cycle that allows the people within it to save on costs and to lesson their carbon footprint on the planet. Though a home that generates the same amount of energy as it consumes may seem more futuristic, there have already been plenty of homes built that meet this criteria, or at least come within reach. The Zero Energy Home is a great goal for the eco-friendly design and architecture community, and we look forward to seeing how it develops.
When people look at homes in shelter magazines, they discuss how beautiful a space is, and how much they would love to have aspects A, B, and C in their soon to be constructed space. Yet, when you sit down with someone to discuss what features they would like in their home, they’re likely to discuss issues they have with their current space, and what problem solving, functional features would be great to have.
Built in bookcases in the library keep the the space uncluttered and unencumbered, while the spacing of the shelves allows for larger titles and a sleek, spacious modern feel that keeps the room from feeling stuffy.
Single level islands often put anyone on a bar stool in the thick of food preparation rather than allowing them a place as a comfortable spectator. By raising a portion of the island, we create an interesting silhouette while also adding seating space and more room to work.
This dining room has a recess that may seem just for show, but it also keeps a buffet out of the way of the main room, so guests can walk without dodging furniture. Closets in the dining room provide great storage for special china, linens, and more.
Add function and beauty to your home to create a harmonious and beautiful place that you’ll cherish for years to come. For help with this aspect of your new home’s design, contact Gelotte Hommas today.
David and Mayuko Lai, as featured in Dwell, took five years to design their home. In it they feature elements of universal design so that it will accommodate their young family now and them as they age. One of the most interesting aspects of their story was that they had the freedom to give the home little touches that they knew would be great for them, without having to consider how it might effect future residents or the resale value of their home.
What kind of changes would you make to your home, or what features would you include in a new build, to make it more of your forever home? Tell us about them in a comment.
Architects are an active, engaging group that thrive on interaction, creativity, and the exchange of ideas. Any given month, there’s usually at least one big event in the world of architecture, but September is looking to be an intensely busy month. To keep you up to date on the happenings at Gelotte Hommas, we’ve included our up and coming events:
The Built Green Conference is just days away on the 14th at Pickering Barn in Issaquah. Our very own Eric Gelotte will be speaking at the conference, discussing how using local merchants add to the greenness of a home, as well as offering information on who/what they are in the area.
On the 17th of September, we’ll be attending an open house for a client that we assisted with a wonderful remodel on the Sammamish plateau. We designed the space and then the client built the design over the course of five years–An open house is definitely earned after a half decade of labor!
Our big event for September, The Bungalow Fair, will take place on the 24-25 in Seattle. We will be attending and speaking at the fair, with Scott and Eric leading a discussion on “How to teach an old house new tricks”. The talk will focus on how you can add bungalow charm to an existing newer home to add vintage elements and character. Gelotte Hommas loves bungalow style, as you can see from our work on the Medina Bungalow, Bungalow on the Beach and Kirkland Bungalow.
We’re ecstatic about these upcoming events, and are excited to share them with you here. Will you be attending either of the conferences or the open house? If so, tell us in a comment!
If you have noticed from our blog posts, Gelotte Hommas puts great emphasis on the power and principle of green living and design. By creating sustainable homes, we ensure that each of our creative and inspired spaces puts as little burden on the environment as possible, while ensuring that its occupants enjoy their space. While we’ve talked about materials, design techniques, and energy efficient additions that make a house green, we’ve yet to discuss another important aspect of eco-friendly architecture and life: Longevity.
The longer you use something, the longer you go without replacing it. In today’s world, the concept of having a different home to fit each stage of your life is common. On average, you’ll buy about three homes in your lifetime: A starter home, a home for your family, and an empty nest abode.
Each one of these homes is another space that you’ll use, change, remodel, build, or somehow impact the environment with your time there. Even just hiring the moving truck to transfer from one location to the other detracts from your sustainable lifestyle.
Start thinking about how you can make your home last a lifetime instead of a mere 5-7 years. Check out our blog on Monday to read about one family that built their home for a lifetime, and how you can make your space adapt to you walk in life.
Thanks to Cascade Joinery, who did the timber work on our “Cedar Haven” project in Carnation, Wash., for highlighting Gelotte Hommas Architecture in its blog post “It’s in the Details.” The post champions the detailed craftsmanship demonstrated by both Cascade Joinery and Gelotte Hommas in the collaborative home project, built by Hamish Anderson Custom Homes, and sites our firm as producing some of its favorite designs. What can we say? We keep good company. Thanks again, Cascade Joinery!
Here’s a peek at the synergy we achieved in creating this timber-framed balcony:
The interior design that went into this home after it was designed by Gelotte Hommas truly stands out as a great example of how to accent the architectural elements of your home through paint and decor. Each of the homes designed by Gelotte Hommas has special features and small touches to accent their over all aesthetic. You can choose to show off these little accents in your home with how you style it.
In the room above, styled by Gregory Carmichael Interior Design, you can see how the details of the molding and the ceiling are accented by paint. A glossy white accents the molding, while having a contrasting color on the ceiling brings attention to the interesting elements of the space. The large windows in the dining area are brought to your attention as the darker color that borders them stands out from the lighter walls.
Simple accents like the ones above can take your home from “Oh, this is nice” to “Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous!” Start accenting your home today, or adding architectural interest to your space with Gelotte Hommas.