Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

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Northern California’s coastline offers some spectacular views, but it’s also an environmentally sensitive area. The Stinson Beach House, a recent Marin County project from the architects at Berkeley-based WA Design, is a perfect fit for this unique setting thanks to its small footprint and energy efficient design.


Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort
The owners turned the inherent limitations of the site into design inspiration for an efficient home that would take full advantage of its natural surroundings:

“We were strictly limited by both budget and zoning regulations to a home of 1400 square feet. Space was at a premium. By developing the house plan around a great room, we were able to create an inviting and large environment for all the activities of extended family and friends. The bedrooms were downscaled to fit a bed and little more. The massing that emerged in the design process was an elevated south-sloping roofline with extensive clerestory windows that accessed the views to the ridges above. Corrugated Galvalume metal, paired with cement board siding, created a sturdy and economical exterior shell for the house.
With an eye towards sustainable design we used open-cell foam insulation, concrete floors, natural ventilation, and recycled materials. The ceiling decking was milled from wood salvaged from the old Stanford University gymnasium. The south-sloping roofline provided ideal orientation for an extensive photovoltaic and solar thermal array. The annual energy needs of the home are entirely supplied by the rooftop arrays.”

Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

Stinson Beach House: Net-Zero, Energy Efficient Comfort

(all images: WA Design)

Visit the WA Design website for more info and images.

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