The north side and the south side of this home
A HOME FOR FRUGAL RETIREMENT
Hayesville, North Carolina
What was needed:
This couple had a beautiful, level lot in a valley, with a view of a beautiful creek nearby,
and the mountains in the distance. Their budget was extremely tight.
The first step:
Visiting the site, I could see that it was probably in the flood plain of the creek.
I would need to verify what county requirements must be met to build on this lot.
The direction of the mountain and creek views and the sun angles were
How we designed for their property, budget, and needs
The flood zone ordinance required a lot of space under the house to let flood
waters pass by. The house must be higher off the ground, making entry access
more difficult for a retirement home. At this point the clients wanted to keep
To make this small home spacious and efficient a two story glass wall would face
south. With a view of the creek, this woud also allow the winter sun to warm the
house. Just enough roof overhang runs between the two levels of glass to shade
them in the summer.
The covered porch also faces south, making it a nice, comfortable area to enjoy
the outside in the winter. The house blocks the cold north wind, allowing the
sunshine to warm up the porch.
So, how did this project turn out? It was not built. The clients changed their mind.
The flood plain requirements added too much cost, and they did not like how
this would affect the house.
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