Hometta is an international collective of designers, architects, builders, writers and editors who have banded together to improve the way residential architecture is designed and delivered today. We have been featuring Hometta’s houses designs in the past, which you can check right here.
Now, Alterstudio Architects, nARCHITECTS, Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Dan Hisel Architect, and nottoscale have submitted new house designs, which are added to Hometta’s collection of modern houses for sale. See all the new designs after the break.
Court House / Alterstudio Architects
The Court House embraces a lifestyle that easily moves between inside and out, and an aesthetic that values serendipity above composition (light and shadow, carefully framed views of the sky, and reflections from the lily pond, for example, arise as points of focus throughout the home). Designed to fit on a 50’x100’ lot and into a variety of settings, including what might be a very ordinary neighborhood, this home is oriented to take maximum advantage of the pleasures of modern life lived in one’s own private enclave. The design is organized around three courtyards that expand the perceived size of their adjacent rooms, and also provide rich interior environments.
The Living Court of Emerald Zoysia, and a single Japanese Maple is the center of this home and creates a calm refuge for the family. In contrast, the Organized around three courtyards that expand the perceived size of their adjacent roomsmaster bed and bath rooms at the rear of the house open onto a private Water Court of tall papyrus and cattail that also acts as a rainwater collection cistern and the third bedroom/ den opens to the Walled Garden teeming with flowers at the front of the house.
From the street a walkway follows a garden wall towards the light spilling through a hole in the grass roof. A gently curving Ipe wall pulls the visitor’s gaze inside, as each room presents its own distinct character. Overall, the Court House is designed to be affordable to build and utilizes a slab-on-grade foundation and conventional framing. Natural ventilation is paramount throughout and the house is organized such that it can also be upgraded to include a variety of sustainable technologies including green roof, water collection system, and solar panels.
T-Modulome / nottoscale
The basic concept of the modulome is based on a “building chassis” that measures 14’-3” x 42’-3” made of energy efficient Structural Insulated Panels which can be clad with a number of different wall / window panels that also can be arranged in multiple configurations to fit a variety of site conditions and owner preferences. It is The building integrates sustainable systems, designs, and materials throughout. designed to be highly efficient in order to minimize cost and its environmental footprint while providing maximum flexibility in its design and use of space.
The T-Modulome is a T-shaped arrangement of two modules measuring 1200 sf, housing 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, an open kitchen/dining/living area, a utility closet, an office as well as a large 870 sf deck that extends the living space and merges the inside with the outside both functionally and visually. The ceiling height is 9’-0” which, together with the expansive floor to ceiling windows and large sliding glass doors, opens up the spaces to the outside while providing a light and spacious feel.
The T-Modulome sits on a “concrete plinth” that elevates the structure from the ground and serves as a climate buffer to even out temperature swings, creates a crawlspace for storage and provides easy access to all utilities from below. The building is conditioned with passive cooling systems and a hydronic radiant heating system and integrates sustainable building systems, designs and materials throughout.
House ONE / Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Johnsen Schmaling’s compact House ONE offers a functionally flexible plan adaptable to a broad spectrum of contexts. Composed of a simple yet well choreographed form and material palette, House ONE demonstrates how a small house can achieve a high level of spatial complexity with economic means.
The main level of the two-story house is a compact rectangular open living area with access to a full-width exterior garden terrace and connection to the single car garage. A central two-sided hearth spatially anchors the main living spaces and defines the primary entryway that carves into the house.A simple yet well choreographed form and material palette. On the upper level, two bedroom suites occupy the dramatic cantilevered bar that provides shelter to the terrace below, as well as a balcony framing panoramic views of the surrounding landscape or neighborhood.
House ONE is conceived to take advantage of conventional residential assembly techniques, systems, and local trades, or more appropriately, efficient panelized systems minimizing on-site construction time and maximizing resource utilization. Configuration options available include a one or two car attached garage or carport, vegetated roof or photovoltaic solar roof laminates, partial basement level or slab-on-grade, and screened-in garden terrace porch.
Panel House / Dan Hisel Architect
The panel house is designed around the concept of a modular, variable skin that offers the client the opportunity to “tune” their home to suit the nature of their site.
Ten different kinds of panels allow the client to compose a façade that responds directly to unique site conditions. Great view? All glass. Nosey neighbors?Compose an elegant façade that suits your location. Solid panels. Western light causing glare? Louvered panels. Need privacy but don’t want to sacrifice light? Translucent panels.
An efficient 2400 sf floor plan that fits on a 50′ x 100′ lot (with setbacks), has a one-car garage and a ground floor office/guest bedroom with a separate entrance. Main entry is through the side garden to a front door that opens into an entry hall and then to a large, public space with dramatic double height ceilings. A generous galley kitchen serves both dining and living areas while looking out through a patio onto the yard in the back. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, laundry, and 3 full baths.
Construction plans for this project will come with an instruction booklet containing guidelines to help the client compose an elegant façade that perfectly suits their location, site characteristics, and programmatic needs.
Double-Ex House / nARCHITECTS
From a distance, Double Ex* House has the simple iconic profile and material quality of a barn. But, as one approaches, a dominant sculptural feature becomes apparent. In a contemporary twist on a familiar type, exterior stepped voids travel diagonally up the long sides of the house, meeting in a single space at the top. This continuous zone is however still covered by a roof, as if it had been carved out from a monolithic volume. Appearing to float, the very large eave covers a unique shaded and protected multi-purpose exterior space. Cedar decks beneath it extend from the interiors of each of the house’s two levels, culminating in a covered “attic-deck” on the 3rd floor.
The interior of the house is luminous and simply laid out, with flowing spaces on the ground floor, and three bedrooms and two baths on the second. In combination with a series of large standard operable windows on the long facades, the glazed terrace doors and large fixed glass panels leading onto the semi-exterior terraced spaces provide dramatic and continuous connections with the outdoors. Clerestory glazing in the master bedroom and various other spatial conditions result in a simple house with a wide range of experiences, light conditions and moods.
While the predominant materials in both the interior and semi-exterior spaces are wood and glass, the roof and facades can be customized to accommodate local climatic and construction contexts. Two basic models, wood shingles and metal siding, are suggested in the renderings but other options are possible as well.
In its iconic simplicity and novel connections between inside and outside, Double-Ex House is at once reassuringly familiar and exciting, general yet one of a kind. Through its various features and options, Double-Ex House is also conceived as a sustainable house that can be easily adapted to a variety of climates and locations.
* ‘ex’, as in exterior.