Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects

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Architects: Kevin deFreitas Architects
Location: San Diego, CA,
Builder: Kevin & Kara deFreitas
Interiors: Kevin & Kara deFreitas
Landscape Architect: Aerea, Leslie Ryan
Structural Engineer: Envision Engineering, Alex Barajas
Site Area: 9,178 sq ft
Project Area: 3,460 sq ft
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: David Harrison Photographic & Glenn Cormier

A reinterpretation of quintessential Southern Californian courtyard houses; this is a modestly sized home that lives much bigger than it really is by thoughtfully opening up to, and engaging, the landscape and wonderfully temperate So. Cal coastal climate. It is a home that simultaneously looking towards the future (technologically feature rich), while remembering the low tech comfort strategies of the past; a time before air conditioning and forced air units existed.

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The goal of this project was to design and construct a highly efficient home that would employ passive and active strategies to significantly reduce, energy, water, and resource consumption all while delivering a modern, comfortable and livable home for a young family of six.

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Through concerted research, experimentation and a good measure of faith, the house proved a success consuming 65% less electricity than state mandated standards and 55% less water than homes of comparable size without sacrificing comfort or aesthetics. This is important to dispel the common public misperception that efficiency and conservation has to look ”hippie” or alternative.

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Like the song says, “it not easy being green”, but it likewise it’s not difficult either, and the ramifications for future generations are enormous.

Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Toto

  • Plumbing Fixtures by Toto

Construction materials, Semi-finished materials: DuPont, Johns Manville Inc.

  • Building Wrap & Flashing: Dupont Tyvek by DuPont
  • Countertops: Zodiac by DuPont
  • Countertops: Corian by DuPont
  • Insulation: Spider by Johns Manville Inc.

Floor: Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems

  • Exterior Deck Coatings by Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems

Heating and Ventilation: Viessmann

  • Solar Hot Water: VitoSol 100 by Viessmann

Joinery: Fleetwood Windows & Doors , Omnia Industries, Schweiss, The Sliding Door Company

  • Doors by Fleetwood Windows & Doors
  • Door Handles by Omnia Industries
  • Bi-Fold Garage Door: Schweiss Bi-Fold door by Schweiss
  • Windows by Fleetwood Windows & Doors
  • Closet Doors by The Sliding Door Company

Kitchen Equipment: Whirlpool

  • Appliances by Whirlpool

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Kyocera Solar, Control 4

  • Solar PV-Electric by Kyocera Solar
  • Home Automation by Control 4

Walls: SOLEC-Solar Energy Corp , Oceanside Glass Tile

  • Radiant Barrier: Lo/MIT radiant paint by SOLEC-Solar Energy Corp
  • Glass Tile by Oceanside Glass Tile
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  • Halima Mohamed

    Actually it is a very nice green house it combines between the concrete and aluminum cladding and use the wood for the entrance as a part of the house landscape. It has a very nice form. they use the opening in a proper way that give a very nice view specially in the living room.