The goal is to design a distinctive, energy efficient "green" dwelling on a wooded lot in Massachusetts.
The building will be located on a 2 acre lot as shown on the provided site survey. Our town has 40 foot setbacks on all sides of the property. We would like to stay in the current house during the construction of the new house. The new house will use the existing septic field and well for water. Once the new home is built the old house will be torn down; the shed can be demolished prior to construction. Panoramic shots of the plot from ground level and aerial view of our site provided.
The house should reflect honest construction, fine craftsmanship, and good design. It need not be big or conspicuous. We want a cozy feeling house, and are looking to start a family.
The floor plan should have an open layout, efficient as possible with no long hallways and minimal unusable space. The following room should support abundance of natural light: family room, screen porch, and indoor pool room.
The house should feature appropriate passive solar design. The house should be energy efficient and well insulated, designed to withstand heavy snow and occasional high winds (prevailing in the New England Area). We’d like the house to reflect a timeless sensibility, so it remains appealing into the future.
• 2000-2750 sq feet contemporary house
• Open layout floor plan
• 4 bedrooms (limited by current septic system)
• 3 car garage
• 2 stories plus full basement
• 9’ or higher ceilings including basement; vaulted acceptable if consistent with design.
• Low rise stairs with landings
• Hardwood floors except in bathrooms, laundry room, and pool area. (no carpet)
• Geothermal energy system for heating and cooling
• Roof mounted solar panels or solar shingles
• Radiant heating in bathroom, pool, garage, and possible whole house if cost effective
• Master bedroom suite that accommodates a 10ft x13ft rug and with least a 2 ft border. Should contain a walk-in closet and a master bath area which includes a soaking tub, a separate walk-in shower, two sinks, and separate toilet enclosure with pocket door.
• Second kid/guest bedroom en suite full bath
• Family room connecting to kitchen/dining space (open-space layout); fireplace in family room area. Location for TV at seated eye level.
• Mudroom off garage
• Kitchen area includes walk-in pantry, cook top, separate stacked dual ovens and eat-in island.
• Laundry area with folding area and storage.
• Indoor attached exercise pool room (specification attached)
• 3/4 guest bath near family room and exercise pool room
• Screen in porch with built in grill
• 3 car attached garage with 3 doors and at least 2 of the doors being 10ft wide
• 2 bedrooms
• Loft Office/Study
• Full bath with separate area for toilet and shower
• Egress windows minimum to code, primary concern is for natural light
• 48" bulkhead door (This door is only for ease of moving items into and out of basement, not for everyday use)
• Stub in for future full bathroom & guest room
• Separate Mechanical Room
• New driveway configuration, see possible entry location on attached survey
• Place for future detached green house
• Design (75%)
Design will be scored on how well it integrates with the building site, incorporates pleasing patterns, and has an efficient and pleasing floor plan. We will look for unusual or novel design features that set the house apart in terms of functionality, serenity, and comfort.
• Presentation (25%)
The design should be clearly presented in both graphical (cad, *.dwg, *.pdf and *.jpg files desired) and written form (Describing the basic idea behind the plan). We want enough to be able to visualize the house, and be able to work from these to develop the actual construction plans.