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The Orchard contemporary exterior
 

The Orchard

This single family home in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle is a modern home with a strong emphasis on sustainability. The house includes a rainwater harvesting system that supplies the toilets and laundry with water. On-site storm water treatment, native and low maintenance plants reduce the site impact of this project. This project emphasizes the relationship between site and building by creating indoor and outdoor spaces that respond to the surrounding environment and change throughout the seasons.
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Ankur Chawla wrote:
i want to have a metal roof in delhi but it will get hot any ideas - i want to have a slating metal roof probably new new delhi but it will get too hot to handle during summers any ideas for it any innovative designs apart from roof slab...
   Comment   January 22, 2013
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Hi Ankur. To mitigate heat gain, you can paint the metal white. This will make it absorb less energy. To mitigate heat transfer to the interior, you can create a ventilated air gap between the roof metal and the interior surface. The american pavilion in Auroville is a extreme example of this strategy (called a supper roof). Of course, traditional vernacular roofing materials in hot climates are often heavy and thick to deal with the sun and sheet metal is not very thick.....
February 4, 2013 at 7:51pm     
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bikram197 wrote:
Can this be made in Assam India
   Comment   December 28, 2012
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It could but I wouldn't recommend it. It was designed for the climate of the pacific north west and is not suited in design or materials to an Indian climate.
February 4, 2013 at 7:52pm   
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erudolph wrote:
What color of stain was used on the cedar?
   Comment   September 16, 2012
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Hi. We used a sikkens cetol semi solid "cedar" color. Factory applied with two coats all sides.
September 16, 2012 at 8:54pm     
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Beahm Aesthetic wrote:
Did the architect use a liner for the storage tanks or are they simply poured concrete? - I am currently considering a similar solutions for a client. We were looking at building custom cedar housing for IBC containers, but original sketches for the project utilized poured concrete water "silos" like the ones pictured here. I would prefer to get back to that idea.
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For general reference.... The aprox. Cost for the total system (tanks, pumps,pipes,etc.) was about 15k. The tanks themselves were about 4k. While I personally have no problem with sand filters and chlorine (and have drunk form these kind of systems often), our local authorities here in washington state do. We are required to have two layers of particle filtration plus active UV for potable systems. non potable; all they care about is system separation and labeling.
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Thanks so much for the additional information, Fivedot. Very helpful.
July 31, 2012 at 7:20am   
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While the windows on this home in Seattle are not overly large, the small windows still stand out from the corner windows visible here. Small square windows can be seen on the ground level, in the foreground and on the second floor, above the canopy.
"We wanted to create a house that didn't hide its sustainable features but shows them off proudly, as design features that add to its unique and intensely local quality," says Ingram. Instead of hiding the workings of their rainwater harvesting system, the designers took the opportunity to integrate them into the design, using the concrete tanks as a wall that creates an entry court and acts as a noise barrier from the street.
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This house has small cisterns in concrete that actually help define an outdoor space. These sustainable features are prominent, expressing the owner's and the architect's efforts. Note the scupper on the low roof feeding the cisterns.
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Or, simply put the your rain water storage system front and center. Yes, these are very large, but the contemporary home design can hold its own against them.
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Concrete. Concrete tanks are a durable option that can be a flexible feature in the design of your outdoor spaces, since they can theoretically come in many shapes. Supposedly concrete also has the side effect of balancing out the pH levels of acidic rainwater. The design and execution would be best carried out by professionals.

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