The Islander 9 boasts the ample east and west porches of many of the other Islanders, but this one has the wrap continue around to the north for those who desire extra outdoor living space or just like the look of the full wrap porch. With the front door tucked into the northeast corner, the house is inviting with drives from both the north and west. Extra windows to the east capture the rising sun.The full, below grade basement has endless options for use.
The Islander 9 boasts the ample east and west porches of many of the other Islanders, but this one has the wrap continue around to the north for those who desire extra outdoor living space or just like the look of the full wrap porch. With the front door tucked into the northeast corner, the house is inviting with drives from both the north and west. Extra windows to the east capture the rising sun.
The large welcoming foyer is convenient for access from the front porch and the garage which is much more pleasant that entering through a laundry room. The small French doors to the south then open to the spacious living and dining with wide views to the south. The wood stove is the focus and hearth of the home. The nearby daylight cooling chimney allows hot air to exit in summer and daylight to brighten the center of the living area year round.
Stairs down to the basement begin in the kitchen making for easy access to a root cellar or other hobby spaces. The nearby laundry and exterior door allow easy access to the outside for hanging out clothes in the sun.
The master bedroom on the private end of the house has expansive south views and west porch access. Proximity to the other bedrooms is convenient for those with small children or snoring partners who need their own bedroom.
The garage has two 9 wide doors and a pair of hinged doors for smaller vehicles. It is separated from the main house by the airlock foyer, yet it has quick access to the half bath and laundry. A north area is designed as a flex space to house outdoor equipment or a workshop. Mechanical equipment can be located in the basement.
Below Grade Basement
Our client knew that there would be some thermal mass penalties by building over a basement instead of a concrete slab foundation (interior winter temperatures would fluctuate more), but in some areas of the country, basements are expected and not having one can seriously affect resale value. Plus basements are great for workshops and mechanical equipment. For those lucky enough to have south-sloping land, windows to allow for passive solar gain can be added.
The roof is to be constructed with scissors/vaulted trusses over the main livings areas. With the 9 first floor ceilings in other areas, and the daylight-cooling chimney in the center, the house lends itself well to passive cooling. Opening the door to the basement in summer helps with cooling even more. To maintain comfort in the house especially in winter to prevent overheating, all floors will need to be mud set tile or over gypcrete unless south glass is reduced. Several walls are designed to have 4 brick or stone veneer to help absorb the suns heat too.
Since these ideas may affect energy performance and structural integrity, they should only be undertaken with professional assistance.
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For this plan, the following are included:
Custom Energy Specs that describe any recommended adaptations for your climate insulation values, glass type for the various windows, overhang lengths.