southern home design: Aging in Place - with a Twist! - 05/17/12 09:56 AM
 
Aging in Place – with a Twist
 
Those familiar with my blog may remember a post I made last year about Aging in Place.  Here’s a Southern Home I designed recently that handled Aging in Place in an unusual way.
The clients, in their seventies, were caring for an aging parent while we were designing their home.  They wanted to make sure their home would support graceful living for the rest of their days.  So, we made certain everything they needed was on one level, including the Kitchen, all entertaining spaces, the Master suite and a Guest suite.  While … (2 comments)

southern home design: Local Materials for the New Southern Home - Part 3 - 03/23/11 02:51 PM
Local Materials for the new Southern Home - Part 3
 
For those who missed the rest of this series, this is a look at Local Materials that can be used when building a new Southern Home.   These are materials that are manufactured, harvested, extracted or recovered within 100 miles of Birmingham. This time we'll look at cabinets and interior finishes.
•·         There are at least 3 lines of modular cabinets that are manufactured in Alabama. Diamond Cabinets has a manufacturing facility in Auburn, Legacy Cabinets has a plant in Eastaboga, and Wellborn is located in Alexander City.
•·         In addition to the modular … (0 comments)

southern home design: Local Materials for the New Southern Homes - Part 2 - 03/17/11 08:04 AM
Local Materials for the New Southern Home - Part 2
For those who missed Part 1 of this Local Materials series, this is a follow-up to a February post "Can Southern Homes be Green?"which discusses the availability of construction materials that are manufactured, harvested, extracted or recovered within 100 miles of Birmingham. Let's look at steel, wood and roofing.
•·         I don't think anyone will be surprised to hear that steel is produced in Alabama, especially in and near Birmingham. In fact, almost anything you want made from steel can be produced by the 239 fabricators in Birmingham. Among the local … (1 comments)

southern home design: Local Materials for the New Southern Home - Part 1 - 03/15/11 08:28 AM
Local Materials for the New Southern Home - Part 1
In February I posted "Can Southern Homes be Green?", and it got me thinking about the availability of local materials today. So I did a little research...
To recap my earlier post, LEED gives points in Materials and Resources if 20% of the materials used are manufactured - and if 50% are - within 500 miles. I stated that very little of the old Southern Home came from over 50 miles away! I decided to open my circle a bit from 50 miles, but stay well below LEED's 500 mile allowance. … (0 comments)

southern home design: Southern Home Design - Aging In Place - 03/02/11 01:55 AM
Southern Home Design - Aging in Place
My wife and I have spent most of this week dealing with an aging parent's emergency trip to the hospital, so aging is really on my mind. The ability to accommodate Aging in Place is one area where I believe today's southern homes are better than the old ones!
Not to say that people didn't age in place in the old southern homes-just that it wasn't easy. I remember my Great-Grandmother living in her home well into her 90's. What made this possible was that 2 of her children lived on the same block … (0 comments)

southern home design: Southern Home Design - the Grand Staircase - 02/18/11 02:59 AM
Southern Home Design - the Grand Staircase
As I think about it, one of the features that makes a Southern Home grand is a Grand Staircase. A Southern Home doesn't need a staircase to be southern. In fact, most of the southern homes I remember from my youth didn't have stairs - they were one level (or at least - nearly level). But I can remember the impression that homes with a Grand Staircase made on me - it was like "Wow!"
I can't really put my finger on why - maybe you can help me with this. Part of me … (0 comments)

southern home design: Southern Home Design - Can Southern Homes be 'Green'? Part 3 - 02/10/11 10:29 AM
Southern Home Design - Can Southern Homes be ‘Green'? Part 3
In my 2 previous posts on this topic, I covered how ‘Green' the old Southern Homes were. As a benchmark, we were using the 9 certification categories of LEED - Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Location & Linkages, Awareness & Education, Innovation in Design, and Regional Priority.  In this post I'll cover the last 3 LEED categories:
On the category of Education & Awareness, does it count that we're still learning from the way they built 100 years ago? And often entire … (0 comments)

southern home design: Southern Home Design - Can Southern Homes be 'Green'? Part 2 - 02/06/11 09:03 AM
Southern Home Design - Can Southern Homes be ‘Green'? Part 2
When I design Southern Home Plans for my clients, the use of energy and stewardship of natural resourses is always a big consideration. In my last post, I was exploring how the old Southern Home would rate using the 9 LEED certification categories.  Let's continue:
The Southern Home would probably get a zero in Energy & Atmosphere.  That was before we knew about insulation, and the old wood burning stoves were not very efficient at heating water. [They did double as space heaters - even in the summer!] The windows were … (0 comments)

southern home design: Southern Home Design - Can Southern Homes be 'Green'? Part 1 - 02/05/11 07:04 AM
Southern Home Design - Can Southern Homes be ‘Green'? Part 1
Recently, I was talking with an Architect friend who asked if a Southern Home could be ‘Green'.  My reply was immediate - "Of Course it can!"  In fact, I believe the old Southern Homes were the epitome of Green.
To illustrate my point, I'll use the LEED certification categories and tell you how well Southern Homes performed. What is LEED anyway? "LEED", which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a buzz word you hear a lot lately. The U.S. Green Building Council, which is a non-profit organization … (2 comments)

southern home design: Southern Home Design - Porches That Rock! - 01/31/11 03:45 PM
Southern Home Design - Porches that Rock!
The comments I received on my last post underscore that porches are a vital link between the southern home and its community. A simple wall with windows does little to connect the home - and the family inside - with the neighborhood outside. The porch is the place where people can extend their inside activities outward. At the same time, the porch extends an invitation to come inside.
But there's more to it! To be effective in its role, the porch needs to be designed to be used. This seems elementary, but I see … (0 comments)

 
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