Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA, the Allen Residence was designed and built by Skiles Architect with the help of consultants Gary Kahanak, Home Energy Consultants (Energy Star 5+ certification). It sits on a 1,358 sqf conditioned space, the under roof total space being of 2,596 sqf. The house was completed in 2011.

One of the owners of this house is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences. This house is a two-bedroom residence described as “sustainable modern” by its owners. It was built using environmentally aware construction methods, materials and passive solar design. The house features two simple shed roofs at opposite slopes and the result is a wing-like structure that distinguishes itself from the surrounding ranch homes from that area.

The owners wanted to have a sustainable and energy-efficient home. Their wish has come true. The south-facing façade of the house provides passive solar heating. Also, it features a geothermal heat pump with radiant concrete floors, SIP roof panels and a generous screen porch to block the west sun. The large windows let the natural light in. On the exterior, the house uses minimal fiber cement board, galvalume and cedar slates with potential for reuse. The house also has an extension featuring a covered garage. It’s a small but very warm and inviting residence.

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