Architecture Office(AO) www.thearchoffice.com
Scalish Construction www.scalishconstruction.com
AO and Scalish Construction are interested in developing multiple projects based upon the Abend design, starting on a small scale and adding additional units as interest indicates.
Abend looks to provide efficient, modern, flexible living within the context of an existing Cleveland neighborhood. Using familiar geometries and natural materials we look to explore traditional residential construction and craft that compliments the surrounding community. Our design exploits the natural ability of wood to flex and bend in order to shape the home to respond to the site, solar orientation, and natural ventilation.
The Abend house version illustrated here allows for 3 bedrooms with 2 full baths (master suite on the second floor), with a large open living/kitchen/dining area that uses a covered front porch as an extension of the living area. The plan can be easily modified to allow for the master suite on the ground floor with either a lofted studio/office area or additional bedrooms on the second level. The projected price point is competitive with allowances being made for a better performing home which will result in lower monthly utility bills.
A large linear venting skylight along the roof ridge allows for natural light in the master suite bedroom, closet/dressing area and bathroom as well as above the stair connecting the first and second levels. As most of the exterior envelope is considered “roof” we can easily provide additional continuous insulation which creates a fantastic thermal envelope necessitating less energy (utility costs) to heat and cool the home. The shape of the roof and its overhangs allow solar protection during hot summer months and the low sun angles of the afternoon and early morning while allowing more exposure to the lower winter sun when it is needed. Natural and low VOC finish materials have been selected to have improved interior air and health quality. Operable windows and the venting skylight allow the occupants to “tune” exposure to exterior air and natural ventilation. Site water, now a concern due to NEORSD fees, can be handled onsite by using raingarden swales located at the low edges of the roofs. Centralized infrastructure allows for lower costs of installation as well as ease of maintenance of energy efficient heating/cooling and hot water systems.
We believe that a “base model” sales point of $260,000 with finish and energy efficiency design options that allow for an “upgraded model” sales point of $340,000 is attainable based upon the current construction market.