I live in Greenwich, Connecticut, on the east coast of the United States. I am surrounded by multi-million dollar mansions, many of them built within the last twenty years. The older ones aren’t so bad, but the new ones are an eyesore. Built from spec, these modern monstrosities usually have more than five bedrooms, and a minimum three car garage filled with the largest SUVs the owners could get their hands on. After all, isn’t bigger, better? Bollocks!
I am going in a different direction. My new home is a small, single story building, with a detached garage so I can park the daily driver and the project car. The architecture is modern contemporary, made of sustainable wood and glass. My new home is energy efficient.
The entire building is set up in a 3:2 aspect ratio, but the indoor living area is square. The remaining third is a wood slab deck running along the narrow end of the building. Living space is only about 1,200 square feet (about 111 square metres). Not tiny, but less than a third of the size of a McMansion. The ceiling is 12 feet tall (3.65 metres).
The indoor space is divided into an open plan public area and a more conventional private area. The open area consists of the living area, dining area and kitchen. Because the space is small, the only barrier between the kitchen and the dining area is a breakfast bar that doubles as a sideboard during larger meals. The dining area consists of a simple, rectangular wooden table running parallel with the breakfast bar, and six high-backed chairs of wood and natural fiber.
The living area has a minimalist brown leather sofa on the inner wall, facing the giant glass wall that leads to the deck. Flanking the sofa on the right, are two Wassily chairs I’ve had for quite some time. On the left is an Eames lounge chair so I can put my feet up on the ottoman, or up on the low cherrywood coffee table. Covering most of the hardwood floor in the living area is a white shaggy wool carpet. It’s difficult to keep clean, but it looks good with the furniture.
The private areas are the master suite, and a multi-purpose room. The multi-purpose room is used as my office, a guest bedroom, and home theater, hopefully never all at once. The master suite has a rather un-minimalist four-post bed with two unmatched geometric nightstands on either side. On the other wall, a low set of drawers. The opposite wall is the door to the small walk-in closet and a door to the bathroom. As the bathroom is small, there isn’t room for a conventional tub, but there is room for a shower and a scaled-down japanese-style soaking tub. Very close to the soaking tub is the toilet, and a small towel closet. A vanity with drawers for products is on the opposite wall.
So that is a look at the various rooms. In part two, I will go into some of the technology used to make the house energy efficient.
Of course, I still need to figure out how to get it built. My goal is to start the project within the next five years.
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