This has been a whirlwind week for the Lynnhaven River House. With the home now complete, this weekend it will be highlighted as part of the 2012 Hampton Roads Solar Tour, with architect Patrick Farley onsite to conduct tours and answer questions. Last weekend Watershed attended the Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo to promote the project and we created a companion “Virtual House Tour” for those who wanted to view and share the project and details online. And next week, well next week, after many years of design changes and over a year of site prep and construction, the owner will finally move in. We’re very excited for her and her family. It’s a beautiful home and Watershed is proud to have been a part of making the design a reality.
If you can, please visit the home today as part of the 2012 Hampton Roads Solar Tour, details are on the HR Solar Tour site and linked via our Facebook page. If you can’t attend in person, below are a number of formats in which to view and share the Virtual house Tour online. Enjoy!
These images show the blower door test done on the Williamson home this summer. The blower door test measures how much air leakage the house has, and this one tests very good. An average well constructed new house might score .18 ACH normal, so our test of the .036 ACH normal (air changes per hour at normal pressure) is much better than the average. Because this house is so tight we’re also bringing in conditioned fresh air with an ERV (energy recovery ventilator) so the home does not get too stuffy.
The pictures are of Brad Lowe from Earthcraft Virginia testing the flow from the bathroom exhaust fans—another way we make sure there is enough fresh air coming into such a tight house.
July 11, 2012 – Above, view from the second floor porch showing green rooftops, courtyard and moon gate. Below, rain garden to the right of the front door, and a happy architect in the zen garden.
July 5, 2012 – Three images above, front of house showing green features such as driveway with porous pavers, solar panel array, rainwater harvest system including copper gutters, multiple green roofs and rain garden. Images below, in-ground cistern for potable water storage after rainwater harvest and filtration.
June 20, 2012 – The entryway looks amazing and the house is full of light. Above right, first floor closet illuminated by solar tubes. Below, main living room with views overlooking the river. A bright start for Summer at the Lynnhaven River House.
Cabinetry and flooring is finished, impervious pavers and brickwork is almost done, the green rooftops are in full bloom and the solar panels are now providing an abundance to the home, or rather providing From the home, with the meter actually running backwards. (Video on YouTube and Facebook) If you’d like to see more, we have photos on Facebook and Flickr from every stage of the project, from the most recent finishing touches to the salvage and demolition of the original house. Check it out, “like” us, and share with others.
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