domo 2×5

In my continuing quest to design affordable, easily constructed homes for the “little guy” (that would be people like me who make less than $200k a year), I came up with an idea for a 320 square foot home made out of two 20′ standard “high cube” shipping containers.  This is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home completely paired down to the absolute essentials.  It’s not flashy, it’s certainly not a mcmansion, but it’s certainly enough to get started with.  In designing the floor plan, I used european design sensibilities to maximize the available space, since the square footage is limited.  The use of outdoor space to supplement anything lacking indoors is key in a new way of living that thinks outside the box – pun intended.

The roof is elevated in order to put any utilities above the cube so as not to take up precious space indoors.  The high pitch of the roof (5:12) would allow for construction in nearly any climate and also takes advantage of water reclamation for use in washing dishes/clothes and flushing toilets to minimize the need for city services.  Obviously plenty of daylight is let in via operable awning windows that also aid in passive ventilation thus reducing the need for hvac and electric lighting during the daytime hours.

Below are some preview images of the model without any material rendering as of yet.  The real purpose of these designs is to convey form and intent.  Material and color is all up to the client/homeowner.  Finished floor plans are under development, so stay tuned for updates.

[editor’s note: after starring at my “unrendered” images for a while I got tired of the blandness of them and decided to add some texture, material and color.  below you’ll see the posts are 6×6 pressure treated wood, the roof is standing seam metal with integrated solar cells, the cladding is a combination of stucco (at front entry) and vertical siding. The windows are designed to be either wood, vinyl or aluminum storefront as budget would allow.  Finish off with simple concrete piers and wood decks and you’ve got yourself one sexy “Corten Castle” (term copywrited by renaissance ronin).]


front entry and porch doubles as outdoor living space - copywrite r | one studio arch 2010

side of building at front and rear porches - copywrite r | one studio arch 2010

Challenge no 1

Design and construct a single famy home, 3br 2 bth, for $100k or less. What does it look like? Is it a true modern home or something more traditional? Does it utilize sustainable tech to bring down operating costs or simply use energy star appliances? What materials and finishes do you employ?
In the next 30 days I’ll try and answer these questions. As well as, how does the modern family live? What are the requirements for today’s family life? How does modern tech impact the way families interact today and how does that affect the design of a home? Does it matter?
It seems to me that we’re entering a time when the old ways of doing things, of designig homes, needs to change.

Elevation #2

Elevation sketch #2 in progress. A more formal Craftsman style with some contemporary flare. I’ve also increased the roof slope and added a more formal balcony at the master. Materials are brick and horizontal siding.

New Craftsman plans

Currently working on some new floor plans and elevations for a typical lot in the Craftsman style. 2 story, 3br 2 1/2 bath. And yes I still hand draft some stuff. 😉

sketching….not so much

i’ve been horribly negligent in my sketching lately.  mostly because i’ve been engrossed in a competition that i’ll be handing in monday, but mostly because i forget to pull out my sketchbook and pen and just sit quietly for 10 minutes sketching.  so i thought i would do a quick google search on architectural sketching to see if anything interesting came up.  i came across this link to a pdf aptly title sketch.pdf.  it’s on the website and it offers some interesting and quick pointers for sketching that i’ve never seen before.  in college we were encouraged to sketch as often as possible in order to hone our hand drawing abilities but were seldom instructed on proper techniques for sketching.
after reading this one page pdf, i’m left with some good techniques to try out to better my sketching abilities and a list of books to look up at my local library to expand my knowledge more on the art of architectural sketching.  i think in today’s age of near light speed advancements in technology, the art of using our hands to create anything not associated with a mouse or computer is getting lost.  architects especially should be taught the art of sketching and be taught to continue it throughout their careers.
this is my incentive to begin sketching again in earnest, so stay tuned for more posts in the sketches section.