June 13, 2013, Comments (0)
Boston’s ZeroEnergy Design has been garnering regional and national press and awards for their residential and commercial design work and consulting services that yield 50-80 % energy reduction without the over-reliance on high technology. Thoughtful and efficient design, passive solar techniques, super-insulation and intelligent system design yield high performance with financially practical payback.
The first ZeroEnergy Design Lindal Architects Collaborative home, shown here, created exclusively for Lindal clients incorporates a number of important modern lifestyle features in a warm modern Lindal environment. Designed for compact in-town sites that reduce reliance on automobiles, this efficient multi-generational dwelling features a light filled and flexible interior and a bold exterior in a neighborhood-respectful form. Ready to be personalized for Lindal clients’ building sites, see the floor plan and additional renderings at an upcoming live webinar.
June 12, 2013, Comments (0)
With all the ballyhoo of “modern,” it is sometimes easy to forget about Lindal’s deep classic roots, and how they, too, are thriving and continuing to maintain Lindal’s preeminence in the prefab universe.
Take a look at these two recently completed Classic Lindals in Ontario and see for yourself how Lindals have no equal.
- Each is beautifully married to its site. The “ground form,” natural native stone rises up to meet the post and beam buildings anchoring them and contributing to their warm and inviting quality;
- The legendary and enduring and sustainable Lindal post and beam system, unparalleled in quality and ambience, envelopes its homeowners, their families and guests in warmth and boasts superior energy performance;
- Each house was designed for its owners, personalized to their lifestyles, open, flexible, soaring yet intimate. One is a 1400 square foot weekend retreat, the other a full time inspiration for daily living at over 5000 square feet;
- Each of these Classics is a reflection of the personalized care and attention to site provided by a knowledgeable and experienced local Lindal professional in these cases by John Axmith of Axmith and Company in Barrie, Ontario.
To learn more about these and other Lindal Classics, consult your local dealer and attend an upcoming Lindal Classic webinar.
Click for a larger version of this image and slideshow of this home on the Lindal Cedar Homes Flickr Photostream
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We receive many queries about building “glass houses on narrow lots,” and how to achieve openness and a sense of privacy on in-town sites as small as 50×100 feet. Clients seeking to replace older houses with a modern energy efficient home or those building on prime but restricted view or waterfront lots in new communities are not sure where and how to begin.
The Marmol Radziner 2410 and 2780, two new Lindal Architects Collaborative designs contained in the Lindal Architects Collaborative Design Portfolio are two such designs. Each is roughly 36 feet wide, and each provides clear insight (no pun intended) into narrow lot design. The 2410 wraps itself around a private courtyard that is accessible from literally every sun-bathed room in the house, while still providing privacy from the street and neighbors.
The 2780 creates privacy on one side with an elevation that contains only high transom windows, while on the opposite side opening itself up to a sunny private side yard, including a private covered terrace area for dining and quiet lounging.
The Lindal Elements program provides clients the opportunity to work with local Lindal dealers to create very personalized solutions to the challenge. A recent 3200 square foot home, shown here, designed for a sloping 50 foot wide Seattle area site, creates a sheltered and covered central courtyard and a full view to a deeper west-facing rear yard with privacy enhanced with wisteria covered pergola beams that will both shelter and shade the interior. Traditional gable forms respect the neighborhood, while the metal standing seam roof wraps the eaves to replace overhangs and avoid violating setbacks. This design was developed for multi-generational living… three generations on one small site.
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Los Angeles, CA
June 21-23, 2013
For the fourth consecutive year, Lindal will sponsor a booth at Dwell on Design, the West Coast’s largest and most inspiring exposition of home products for modern lifestyles, presented by Dwell Media at the LA Convention Center.
Thousands of the most innovative modern products and services will be featured, many of them new and being introduced at DOD. Moderated presentations by leading professionals are open to over 20,000 attendees throughout the three-day event.
Lindal’s Seattle staff and West Coast representatives will be on hand to explore the Turkel Design Lindals for the Dwell Homes Collection and the new Lindal Architects Collaborative with attendees.
Join us for an exhilaratingly modern experience At Dwell on Design 2013. Discounted tickets are available through pre-registration, find more details on the Dwell on Design web site: www.dwellondesign.com
If you would like to schedule an opportunity to speak to a Lindal representative about your personal building plans in private no obligation session to discuss design, pricing and Lindal’s unique planning process, contact Lindal Client Concierge Christina Lindal at 206-892-1382 or at ChristinaL@lindal.com and let us know when on the 21-23 you are available to meet. It will be our pleasure to provide you the personal assistance and an introduction to the Preeminent Prefab, Lindal Cedar Homes.
January 30, 2013, Comments (0)
Author and prefab expert Sheri Koones addressed over two hundred attendees at Lindal’s Annual International Dealer Meeting in Seattle on January 27. Koones’ latest book, Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home, features over thirty stunning homes (including one Lindal home) that were designed and fabricated with energy efficiency as a top priority. Throughout the book, Koones offers practical guidance on how consumers can meet the challenge of dramatically reducing their new homes energy consumption through proper design and fabrication.
Koones believes that housing manufacturers are leading the green home building effort and that companies like Lindal, the first building system designated Green Approved by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center make it easier by packaging solutions in attractive and functional designs. She offered:
“Prefab construction is the future of home construction for all the obvious reasons. It saves time and is more predictable. But another important benefit is that prefab houses are more environmentally friendly. All of the debris that is in dumpsters will go to a landfill and the homeowners will pay for all of those materials. In a factory – much of those materials will be recycled.
Building green is an advantage on a personal level – adding resale value, saving money on energy, and making the house more comfortable. Green homebuilding also benefits the economy by creating millions of jobs and increasing the US gross domestic product.”
In her address, Koones applauded the Lindal Architects Collaborative for offering a wide range of architectural signatures and designs but also for enabling the homeowner to fully customize the designs for environmentally responsive siting and to suit their personal home lives.
Koones’ previous book, Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home uses over two dozen homes to illustrate how factory fabricated homes are more resource-efficient and better constructed than conventional houses.
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When Duke and Gisela began planning a replacement for the vintage 1943 home in which they raised their children, their goal was to design a home that was totally accessible and would allow them to live on one level as they matured. Their new home would be environmentally responsible and an appropriate addition to its suburban Pittsburgh neighborhood that contains an eclectic mix of residences with architectural personalities emblematic of contemporary design when they were constructed over the last century.
They didn’t anticipate that their personal journey and their modern Lindal would be publicly recognized by the juried Pittsburgh Builders Association’s annual award program as both the Green Home of the Year and the Overall Best New Custom Home of 2012.
Their journey began with three experiences with local architects, whose designs disappointed the aspiring modernists. Discouraged, they began exploring the prefab approach and attended a Lindal webinar, in which the well-organized and articulated expanses of glass, flexible modern interiors, and varied flat and soaring rooflines caught their attention. Duke and Gisela learned that building green from the ground up was a manageable task that would make their new home more comfortable and energy efficient without adding ungainly expense.
Within a few weeks, their collaboration with the local Lindal dealer and the Lindal design staff produced a custom Elements design that met all their needs and inspired them to move forward with greater conviction and determination to build green. “We could hardly believe that the first sketches captured the personality we were seeking and responded to all of our priorities. Our sense of despair turned to genuine excitement,” Gisela recalls.
Duke and Gisela’s recently completed Lindal is a modern stunner with a gull-wing roof that collects rainwater for slow release into the landscape, expanses of south-facing high performance glass, and energy efficient hillside siting. A photo-voltaic array and high levels of insulation combine to produce almost enough electricity to “fuel” the home.
“During construction,” Gisela relates, “our builder remarked repeatedly that the Lindal materials were among the best he’d ever worked with.” And when the house was recently completed the “gorgeous laminated beams, clear cedar ceilings of the great room and the simple trim all create a natural warmth that escapes no one.”
The sunbathed Lindal interior balances lofty spaces with cozier and more intimate spaces for reflection, family dining, and quiet conversation. “The new house is perfect for the two of us, but will surely become the lively scene of larger gatherings and holidays when our entire family returns to be with the old folks in our modern green home,” Gisela anticipates.
See a slideshow of this home on the Lindal Cedar Homes Flickr Photostream: A Green home in Pittsburgh