Floor Plans & Architecture

A Passive – Aggressive Move II
by Robert Fortunato on April 29th, 2010 2 Comments »

Passive Heating & Cooling via Proper Eave Depth
This is the first massing model we created of our house. We built it with a free program called Sketchup. we started designing the project with a massing model we created in Sketchup, a free drawing program from google that does
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Ancient Wisdom
by Robert Fortunato on April 27th, 2010 No Comments »

Without cheap energy ancient people had to understand the arc of the sun and thermal mass to be comfortable. The oldest inhabited caves face south to maximize the benefits of the sun. We’ve simply forgotten.
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde, Colorado
2pm June 17, 2008
We don’t inherit the land from our
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Evolution of a Revolution
by Robert Fortunato on April 25th, 2010 No Comments »

Evolution of the Design from our existing house through Sketchup massing models to its proposed design

Use it Up; Wear it Out;
by Robert Fortunato on April 22nd, 2010 No Comments »

We want to save as much of the existing classic mid century post and beam existing structure as possible so we reconfigured the floorplan to save all the foundations and simply swap the kitchen and bathroom locations where there was already plumbing.
Existing First Floor
Reconfigured First Floor

Space: The Final Frontier
by Robert Fortunato on April 20th, 2010 No Comments »

How much space do we actually need? Is bigger really better?
We chose not to fully build out our lot or our second floor. Building a large second floor would destroy the character of the current home. Additional square footage on the second floor would not only mean
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