As children, my brother and I spent days drawing up floor plans for our future dream homes (they, of course, had secret tunnels, helicopter pads and three story water slides). So, it was only natural that someday I would want to design and build a real home for myself. In 2012, I began gathering sources and inspiration for my own home which I lovingly refer to as "The Brain (II)."*
* The Brain is named for and originally inspired by a 14,280 cubic-foot cinematic laboratory by the same name in Seattle, WA designed by Olson Kundig Architects (sadly no relation) in 2002.
Translating my day dreams and pinterest boards to pencil and paper proved a daunting and particularly difficult task. I sketched plan after plan in my head. I eye-balled everyone's garage doors and windows, measuring them with my feet and comparing them to the brain's dimensions. After seven rounds digital comps (and finally deciding that, yes, it did indeed need an indoor toilet), I was finally content with the initial layout.
KEY ATTRIBUTES: Contemporary with modern flair; All second-hand recycled, re-purposed and/or natural materials; Energy efficient; Sustainably-minded; Open spaces and high ceilings; Natural lighting; South-facing; Laundry shoot
West-facing sunset watching porch
Bathroom with grey water recycling
Built-in tool storage shed
Guest room with south and west facing doors
Built in bookshelves and storage
Phase Two: second-hand spiral staircase
Living room with 18' floor to ceiling windows
Staircase to master bedroom loft
Laundry room and pantry
Kitchen with salvaged brick counters
Main entrance (east)
Lime wash to protect exposed rammed-earth from moisture
Large south-facing windows to maximize natural light and minimize need for electric lighting
Downstairs windows open and close for temperature regulation during warm months
Reclaimed barn siding or palate lumber cladding to protect the rammed-earth structure from the elements
Large windows also allow passive solar to heat the thermal mass floors, warming and cooling the building
Next, I built a 3-D(ish) render based on the blueprints. It was so fun to see my high-flying dreams slowly become a reality! However, as I worked on the render, I noticed several things that needed to be addressed in the next round of blueprints.
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Made with love by Leah O