Sustainable Woodland Living Meets Upscale Urban Atlanta Contemporary Design

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How can you live sustainably just miles from a major of a heavily urbanized city like Atlanta and still feel like you have your own weekend getaway retreat? Currently seeking LEED certification, this stunning 4,750 square foot home gives its residents a feeling of remoteness while living only a mile away from shops, offices, and schools.

Designed by Studio One Architecture, an Atlanta firm founded by Stephen Flanagan in 2004 that specializes in sustainability, it is built on the higher ground of a 1.3 acre wooded lot.

The open plan, that is organizes as two volumes, creates discrete private and public, indoor and outdoor, spaces and rooms with views in all directions.

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Sustainable features for a low carbon footprint include geothermal cooling and heating, recycled content, high-efficiency appliances, an underground rainwater collector, and argon gas-insulated glazing.

Deep overhangs above the clerestory glazing provide for daylight penetration while protecting against heat gain during the summer.

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Planning for the future, the low-sloped timber frame roof has been pre-wired for a photo-voltaic array and the garage is capable of charging electric vehicles.

Inside, wood is a critical element that reflects the surrounding landscape, with a rich palette of Douglas fir in the rafters, cabinetry, purlins, and flooring. Southern yellow pine is used for the trim, doors, windows, and decking.

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  • Richard

    Only 5,000 sq ft and sustainable? So much for green.

  • Richard

    Only 5,000 sq ft and sustainable? So much for green.

  • amoyer

    Has to be the most useable “green” house I have seen so far. All others are intended to only be used by a single person. What family is going to live in 1,000 SF house? This just shows that a properly designed house works at any size. There really is no thing called green or sustainable. It is how you actually design a structure the right way. Houses have just been designed in a box, for profit reasons (not a bad thing) and then put on any piece of land. Going back to the right way of designing is not new or innovative, it is just a farse to gather people with no thought process of their own together under the “green” movement.

  • amoyer

    Has to be the most useable “green” house I have seen so far. All others are intended to only be used by a single person. What family is going to live in 1,000 SF house? This just shows that a properly designed house works at any size. There really is no thing called green or sustainable. It is how you actually design a structure the right way. Houses have just been designed in a box, for profit reasons (not a bad thing) and then put on any piece of land. Going back to the right way of designing is not new or innovative, it is just a farse to gather people with no thought process of their own together under the “green” movement.

  • amoyer

    Has to be the most useable “green” house I have seen so far. All others are intended to only be used by a single person. What family is going to live in 1,000 SF house? This just shows that a properly designed house works at any size. There really is no thing called green or sustainable. It is how you actually design a structure the right way. Houses have just been designed in a box, for profit reasons (not a bad thing) and then put on any piece of land. Going back to the right way of designing is not new or innovative, it is just a farse to gather people with no thought process of their own together under the “green” movement.

  • freedomev

    I’m sorry but a near 5,000sq’ home isn’t going to be sustainable unless 20 people live in it.

  • freedomev

    I’m sorry but a near 5,000sq’ home isn’t going to be sustainable unless 20 people live in it.

  • freedomev

    I’m sorry but a near 5,000sq’ home isn’t going to be sustainable unless 20 people live in it.

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