Budget Home for Elderly Couple Combines Passive Heating with Smart Design

Budget Home for Elderly Couple Combines Passive Heating with Smart Design

It is often the simplest of designs that work the best and provide smart solutions for complex building constraints. Designed to replace the old modular home of a couple who have been living on the same lot for over 40 years, the Hotchkiss Residence by Scott Edwards Architecture takes a similar approach placing ergonomics above flowery form. The home was built on a budget of just 550K and this turned to focus towards the overall structural wellness and longevity of the home rather than unnecessary features and luxurious excess. With its location that promises brilliant views of Columbia River and Mt. Hood in the distance, a sensible indoor-outdoor interplay was an absolute must.

Street facade of the modern and efficient Hotchkiss Residence in Vancouver

The house sits in an area that receives rain almost all year long and hence the slating roof was an essential feature that ensured in smart rainwater management. Passive heating techniques and the overall orientation of the home bring sunlight into every room in winter months, even while maximizing privacy. Large overhangs create perfect outdoor decks and hangouts where friends and family can gather every evening with wooden beams, glass walls and concrete finishes ushering in a brilliant world of textural contrast. [Photography: Peter Eckert]

View of the Hotchkiss Residence in Vancouver from a distance
Wooden exterior of the home that was built on a limited budget
Series of sliding glass doors and window connect the interior with the view outside
Open plan living area of the house connected with the deck and blessed with lovely river views
Spacious and open plan living space of the Vancouver home with a sloping roof and glass walls

The single slope roof originates over the bedroom and rises to its zenith above the living room. The roof also cantilevers over the southern facing deck and is built to respond to the quick changing Northwest weather. The home linked by bridges to the owners’ daughters and sons homes, which sit adjacent, completes the family compound.

Contemporary kitchen with a wooden island and breakfast bar along with a hint of light green thrown into the mix
Delightful mix of finishes inside the home create a relaxing ambiance
Shelves and island in wood for the smart modern kitchen
Concrete base of the budget home in Vancouver with wood and glass walls
Design plan of Hotchkiss Residence in Vancouver

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