Small, Modern, Efficient: Ogden House

Reader Viktor Stakhov was nice enough to share renderings of Ogden House, a contemporary home he designed for Missouri-based EuroDome.  The 1,778 square-foot house is meant for young professionals — the lower level has an open kitchen and living space while the upper level has a master suite and office space.  And that’s it.

Behind the design is something that’s small, efficient, modern, and affordable.

Stakhov tells me construction documents will be finalized in a month, but the general aim is $90 – $100 per square foot for construction.  In other words, the expectation would be to build this home for about $160,000 – $180,000 in Columbia, Missouri.

Ogden House will have a heat pump, energy efficient appliances, natural lighting, large overhangs, bamboo flooring, green countertops, low- or no-VOC paints, and a rainscreen exterior with a waterproof membrane, 3/4″ spacers, and a combination of metal siding and cedar boards.

In addition, EuroDome and Stakhov are collaborating to expand this design with four or five more plans.  Those plans, when complete, will have two- to three-bedroom layouts to accommodate larger families and other needs.

Credits: Viktor Stakhov.

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  • dennis

    Putting “green” equipment in a house covers part of the efficiency solution, another part is designing to take advantage of the local environment, which doesn’t happen very often. Also, the environmental impact of producing the actual construction materials adds up. I’m not an activist, nor have i researched any numbers, but even putting an extra 20-30 feet per home of petroleum based plastic water line and sewer piping is significant when a subdivision of a few hundred homes is built. By moving the bathrooms nearly on top of one another, you would also reduce construction costs.

  • Aron Rubin

    Why are modern designs like that only available for small houses, ridiculously expensive (per square foot) houses, or one off mansions?

    • Viktor Stakhov

      There will be two and tree bedroom houses coming up. They not going to be big, but good enough to serve for bigger families.

  • ServiceEquipment

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  • Chris

    This is not a small house. In 1800 sq st I would expect 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, living rm, dining rm, kitchen, eatin and family room. none of which needs to be cramped, we have gone fro 1500 sqft average per dwelling in the past to 2200 sqft averages with 2.3 occupants per dwelling to 1.7 occupants, hardly sustainable

    • Anonymous

      beat me to it!

      1,778 sqft for this design?!? I’m confused, how is it my current home is 1220 and i have 3 beds, 2 baths, spacious dining room, decent living room, but this is a one bed with den, painfully akward dining room, wasted space living room and relatively small kitchen in comparrison. The utility room should be moved to the garage “storage” (which i have a garage and a half, with a smaller house, am i missing something?!?) the master bedroom (a room which most people spend so little time in other then sleeping) is overkill on size.

      the master bath is a giant loss of space. do we REALLY need a bath AND a shower?

      the more i look at the layout, the more it irks me. so unfortunate really.. it seems like a lot of wasted space, meaning wasted energy to heat/cool it, which is contrary to the “green” beliefs of most that read

      • Preston

        I appreciate your perspective and like the discussion here in the comments. I’m not sure I’d know what to do with that much master bedroom or bathroom space.

        • Kevin

          I tend to disagree on the size of the bedroom. While it is large, I am not sure how large as this doesn’t show dimensions. But I think this type of bedroom suite is something many people like. To me there needs to be two closets in a master bedroom. I know my wife and I couldn’t share a closet. She would kill me.

      • Anonymous

        to answer Kevin (for some reason i can’t reply to his post)
        19′ x 15’6 – I based that on a normal door being 2’6″ and scaled the drawing to calculate the rest (i’m a draftsman by trade)

        I also agree, with that much room, why is it just one closet?

  • kb

    Is the garage part of the square footage? Looks like a promising compact design

  • Kevin

    Very nice design. Looking forward to seeing it built. I think it needs to be 2 bedrooms though to be viable for the type of person I imagine would buy it.

  • Ines

    Very cute and ”green”.

  • Anonymous

    truth be told, they need to create other layouts using the same outer shell design, that would allow for a pre-fab assembly of the exteriors and then different inner layouts. THAT would push the “green” aspect a little further. Otherwise, this just screams of lost space.

  • Viktor Stakhov

    Thank you everyone for valuable comments. It’s very nice to hear a constructive criticism. There will be some more work done to it after everything you guys mentioned.

  • Barrie Real Estate

    That is an awesome house design. The construction cost may be a bit higher than normal but considering the specification of the house, it is justified.

  • John Petralia

    The basic design—small, efficient, large overhangs, natural lighting, rain screen—is also very attractive. Not sure about the interior layout, but I see little difficulty is changing to suit. Very nice house. Great post. Thanks.

  • Edz3

    Like the the elevations but the floor plan needs some tweaking. The scale of the stairs are off (unless you plan to have shorter than 8′ ceilings) and there are no plumbing walls, chase/vertical stacks, etc. shown. A few constructibility issues that come out in in the CD set. I would suggest that the final design, as others have posted, contain at least two bedrooms. I have a townhouse that contains 3 bedrooms and 2-1/2 bath and is slightly larger than this design.

    I look forward to future development docs. Good luck!

    • Viktor Stakhov

      Stairs are calculated for a 8′ floor with 15 riser 7.33″ high. I am changing a layout a little, it will actually have 2 rooms and 2.5 baths like you just said. Vertical stacks and plumbing walls will be worked out for a construction set. Could you clarify what constructibility issues you see there?

      • Edz3

        When you calculate the stair run, you have to include the ceiling clearnace as well as the depth of the floor joist. The floor joist depth could add another 2 to 3 risers lengthening the stair run. The lengthening of the run may affect the door swing and other design layout. Another big item to consider is the type of mechanical system & water heating system. Where to locate the mechanical closet? Where is the vertical duct stack, etc. These are the items that don’t jump out at you in an inital floor design but evolve into the plan as you develop a CD set.

  • greenp3a

    Couldn’t say much for the Budgets, but when it looks to the design it will be delightful to see it when it’s done. Can wait to see in real action.

  • Leo Elena Stakhov

    Check our Facebook page for plan updates. New plan for Ogden House.

  • Steven

    This project looks like a perfect fit for the ThermaSteel panels to build the entire building envelope.   This system removes the Thermal Bridging issue, which is always nice!

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