Traditional building is time consuming, labor intensive, expensive and can be quite damaging to the environment. Part of living a sustainable lifestyle is certainly finding ways to construct our homes with minimal impact and Maison D, recently built by Fouquet Architecture Urbanisme in Couëron, France is a great example of how that can be done.
Maison D is a two-story home with a total floorspace of 1,593 sq ft (148 sq m). In the downstairs area there is a large open plan living/dining area with a spacious kitchen, which opens onto a covered deck. The home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms as well as a car and a bicycle garage, a conservatory and a covered roof terrace. The frame of the home is made of wood and clad in polycarbonate tiles and aluminum around the garage. The interior walls are mostly made of unfinished wood and OSBs. Large sliding doors let plenty of light into all the rooms of the home and connect the home to the outside rather seamlessly.
In general the home has plenty of fully-operable windows, which aid ventilation, let in ample amounts of daylight and help regulate the summer heat, which is further aided by canvas shading. In the winter heat is provided via a pellet-burning stove. The home is also oriented in such a way that ensures the living spaces are shielded from solar heat gain and winter heat loss.
Maison D was constructed in 2014 and cost around $128,000 to build, not counting the furniture and the rest of the interior decorations. For such a large family home this is rather inexpensive, while the build time was also most likely relatively short. Judging by the designs and photos, the architects did a great job with the passive heating and cooling of this home.