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Solar House

The Project

The program called for low maintenance, passive solar heating, and disrupting the natural ecosystem as little as possible during the building process.

Mom, Dad and six children share a love of water, nature and a slower paced lifestyle in this home at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Rappahannock River. The program called for low maintenance, passive solar heating, and disrupting the natural ecosystem as little as possible during the building process. Cooling is facilitated by the use of a turbine ventilator on the crow’s nest roof. Natural cedar shingles were used for the roof and vertical tongue and groove wood siding on the walls.

The mezzanine rail, part of the passive solar system, is comprised of water filled containers that are heated when sun enters from the skylights above. The chimney column contains smooth river rocks where warm, stratified air is circulated helping to heat the home.

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