Sustainable You

Sustainability and the Built Environment

Wk 8: Presentation Prep

Response due at the beginning of class 10/08.  Only 1 answer is due per Studio.  Please have the PM in each studio write the answer and be sure to include your Studio name and the names of your group members.

Thinking about your upcoming presentation with the home builder as your client, please discuss how sustainability will be addressed in your presentation along with all the other information you need to cover.  Please brainstorm as a group and answer the following:

1) Layout exactly ALL the information you will want to share with the client.  This list may be long, but it is crucial for your group to see exactly what you plan to discuss.  (once you have this carefully thought out and written out, you will be able to better develop your presentation focus).

2) Discuss in detail what areas of sustainability will your team will focus on during the presentation? 

3)  Overall, when your client walks away from this presentation what do you him to remember about your Studio?


Filed under: Sustainable Design

5 Responses

  1. Katherine Ward, Addison Ruffin, Margaret Reid, Lauren Lee says:

    1. We plan on discussing the theme behind our design: Modernizing Arts& Crafts. Our design has an emphasis on unity throughout both on the exterior and interior with the use of repeating themes (use of bronze fixtures, paint colors). One of the main ideas of the house is the horizontal theme (horizontal exterior boards, ceiling beams, door panels). Another is the use of strong lines and strong rectilinear forms throughout the house such as as the Shaker style cabinet door. The lines in the windows mimic the lines in the framework of the doors. The materials have a raw element relating back to the handcrafted/natural theme of the original movement; however the use of stainless steel appliances and lighter colors brings the design into the future. We decided to stay within the original 45% footprint to give him a design which he can actually built. (One or two feet can completely change the entire design much less the eight foot addition.) We attempted to stay under budget to factor in the some of the elements of shipping, handling, and installation. We attempted to design a house which wold stay within the aesthetic of the neighborhood but we added our own twist in the design. We also added a porch, balcony, and shed. We noticed Jared liked to use light within his designs so we tried to add in as much natural light as possible. We successfully designed a LEED certified home without giving into limited choices which would harm our Arts & Crafts theme.

    2. As mentioned earlier, we will discuss our item selection which gave us a LEED Certified Home. We used ENERGY STAR Appliances, ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED Lighting, CFL bulbs in recessed cans, recycled glass countertops (can be recycled), LEED certified tile, wood flooring made in Augusta, and FSC Certified doors. Our design allows for several different space planning options and is easily adaptable to a changing family. We used casement windows because they are more universally friendly. Windows are Low E and Low SHGC. Many of the materials can be recycled and/or reused in future designs.

    3. We want Jared to walk away thinking our design is appropriate for the community; however it has a new, modern approach to traditional forms. While he did focus on a historical cottage approach, our design fits into his historical theme using the Arts & Crafts movement. We want our board and presentation to impress him, but more improtantly we want our design to stick in his mind long after our time with him.

  2. Katherine Platzer says:

    Part 1:

    1. Add to the eclectic neighborhood
    a. Color
    b. Materials
    c. Style
    2. A house that works for the family, not the family work for the house
    a. Materials on exterior
    b. WaterSense fixtures
    c. EnergyStar appliances, windows, doors, etc.
    3. Open floor fan
    a. Unimpeded entrances
    b. Client can use previous furniture in current home
    4. Main focal point wall
    a. Built in custom shelving and storage
    5. Flexibility of the use of space in main floor (Dining to kitchen) vice versa
    6. Idea behind our selection of materials was the life span of object
    a. Countertop
    b. Floors
    7. Under counter washer/dryer
    8. Under the stairs half bathroom
    9. Custom look
    a. Staircase, hand railing
    10. Windows in stairwell
    a. More light comes in
    b. Interesting architectural feature
    11. Windows are energy star
    a. Placement of windows maximize views to the green space.
    b. Varying sizes of windows for privacy as well as ventilation and light
    c. Open in
    d. Vinyl for easy maintenance
    12. Little wasted space in hallway
    13. Walls are open to allow for different furniture placement
    14. Cabinets are solid: no veneers
    15. Colors
    a. Clean crisp colors
    b. Versatile colors
    c. Fluid throughout the house
    16. Chrome/Stainless Finishes
    a. Simplistic
    b. Keep the beauty of the object
    Part 2:
    a. Energy Star Appliances
    b. WaterSense Equipment: less than 2.0 gpm
    18. Sustainable Space Planning
    a. Office to bedroom conversion
    Principles of Sustainability
    Minimizes harm to the natural environment: small footprint, greenspace, maximize square footage,
    Best uses of local resources: hardwood flooring
    Doesn’t compromise the sustainability of other communities:

    19. Part 3:
    a. House integrates into the community.
    b. Took a modern approach without limiting our cliental.

  3. Studio LW: Lila Wilson, Mhyria Miller, Ashley Sellen, Amanda Cook says:

    • Inspiration
    o Homes around Athens
    o Secret garden
    • Thought process
    o getting away from student housing and having uniqueness
    • Exterior and architectural elements of the elevation
    o Quoins
    o Stone Porch
    o Stucco Façade
    o Front Door
    o Bronze Hardware
    • Color palette of the exterior
    o Shagreen (Jared likes green)
    o Red trimmed windows
    o White trim
    • Interior floor plan
    o Openness
    o Ceiling detail
    o Chair rail
    o Reduced hallway space with linen closet in each bathroom
    o Defining features of master
    • Interior materials
    o Neutral color palette
    o Master color palette
    o Countertops
    o Flooring
    • LEED
    o Points
    o Money savings
    o Standout LEED materials
    o Benefits/disadvantages

    2) During the presentation we will talk about all of the recycled materials in our house such as the ECO by Cosentino countertops and the reclaimed wood floors. We will also talk about the benefits of the brand of paint we are using on the interiors as well as how we were able to get the uniquely colored windows while still following the rules for LEED. The openness of our space plan is a key feature we plan on highlighting because there are no unnecessary walls created and light flows. As with all of Jared’s houses, we have Energy Star appliances that we will be pointing out to him during the presentation. We also plan on pointing out how the “secret garden” aspect of out design works to get the homeowner out of the home and into the surrounding green space that the neighborhood boasts.

    3) We would like Jared to remember the overall aesthetic and how we achieved the look we were going for. We want him to be able to see how the inspiration for the project was translated into our house. Our exterior is very strong and memorable and we want him to walk away and be able to easily recall our project without having to refer to the documents we give him as a reminder. Professionalism is also a key point that we want Jared to remember about us. It is very important that he sees us as close to professionals within the industry as possible instead of just as students. We are aiming to please our client with the design and hopes he realizes we took his wishes into consideration during the design process. Our exterior is very strong and memorable and we want him to walk away and be able to easily recall our project without having to refer to the documents we give him as a reminder.

  4. KLR Studio says:

    1. Initial thoughts and feelings of the overall project after the site meeting, what we saw from how Jared described the neighborhoods direction.
    Dicuss outside sources that influenced our vision.
    Give our reasons for the house plan that we picked (can be a accessible house – many different familiy types could live here).
    Touch on the design aspect of the two story living room. Great way to bring in light, not seen in other houses around neighborhood.
    Talk about how the layout of the house is able to take different space plans.
    Discuss the design elements that go with the idea of Arts and Crafts.
    Show the creativity of the project by touching on the master bathroom and the kitchen schemes.

    2. We will show Jared how we have come up with LEED points and why and how we think he can make this home LEED Certified. We have been very mindful to pick products and materials that are resourceful, renewable or recyclable. We will talk to Jared and tell him why these work for “Green design” and how to implement sustainable along with EnergyStar (which he has already started!).

    3. We want Jared and FullCircle to realize that we truly took into account what their concerns were, and tried to make it innovative make sure that the design was still consistant with the neighborhood.

  5. Tiffany Ward says:

    The post right before this is from KLR Studio, which includes Meredith Tannehill, Alice Knowlton, Katie Robertson, and Tiffany Ward.

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