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Farmhouse for the 80s: Open but Energy-Efficient

Magazine article Sunset

Farmhouse for the 80s: Open but Energy-Efficient

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Farmhouse for the 80s: open but energy-efficient

Effective and unobtrusive: that's one wayto describe the energy-efficient aspects of this 1,824-square-foot farmhouse near Stockton, California. Owners Linda Derivi and Steve Castellanos, both architects, designed their house with year-round comfort and energy savings in mind. The trick was to create efficient spaces that did not seem cramped.

At the house's heart is an open two-storyspace divided into a living room, dining room, kitchen, and office. Winters as cold as 28| and summers as hot as 105| dictated a plan that paid particular attention to the ways the sun enters the area.

On the south side, a wall of double-panedsliding glass doors facing a porch admits low-angle winter sun. Quarry tiles laid over a concrete-slab floor absorb a good amount of the incoming heat. In summer, canvas awnings outside shield the glazing to keep the living area cool.

For better winter light, the architects installedan insulated skylight of corrugated translucent fiberglass backed on the inside with a flat sheet of clear greenhouse plastic. …

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