Efficient Small House Design (616 square feet of conditioned space) to reduce costs, reduce the amount of materials used, and reduce the ecological footprint of house (also could fit on a small lot that could not accommodate a larger house)
Spacious front porch increases usable space and makes the house look and feel larger
Windows in bedrooms and living room are 3’ wide and set up so they can easily be replaced with a door if the house is expanded in the future. Windows situated for good daylighting and also for natural cooling through good cross ventilation
House is heated and cooled with a ducted mini-split, which is an efficient choice for a house this size
Fresh air is cycled into the house with a small ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator). Bedrooms and Living Room have ceiling fans to aid air circulation.
2 Bedrooms rather than 1 Bedroom creates a flexible house that could be for a single person, a couple, or a single parent or couple with a small family. The second bedroom could alternatively function as a home office.
Stacked washer/dryer uses less space than a side-by-side washer and dryer
Electric Vehicle charging outlet/station for Electric Vehicle
Low Maintenance Building Materials used throughout the house: metal roof, gutters with leaf guards, tile and laminate floors, prepainted siding with a 15-year warranty, etc.
Advanced Framing and insulation techniques used, including the exterior of the house wrapped with 1” rigid foam insulation to reduce thermal bridging
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