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Simple Home With a Pool

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This simple home is designed upon the foundations of a previous residence and around an existing pool. The prior house ignored the basic principles of bioclimatic design and had a poor relationship with its site. Furthermore, it was in a state of dilapidation so it was necessary to demolish it entirely with the exception of the garage.via

simple home pool area

The new home has been designed according to passive solar design principles — featuring optimum southerly exposures and natural ventilation strategies. Generous overhangs shield the large sliding glass doors from solar heat gain. This, combined with the thermal mass of the radiant-heated polished concrete floors and operable clerestory windows, helps maintain a pleasant interior environment year round.

simple home dining area

A key goal of the project was to create a feeling of flexibility and openness throughout and to allow for strong flowing connections between the various indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition to the extensive use of high-performance glass, sliding doors (both interior and exterior) allow for uninhibited and enfilade views. This is especially evident at the main Living/Dining room where the doors pocket entirely into adjacent walls, realizing the effect of a freestanding outdoor pavilion.

simple home interior living room

simple home interior

simple home pool

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