Designed by Sy Safi, an international award-winning sustainability consultant and progressive builder, the 3,700-square-foot home known as Su Verde features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, three rooftop terraces, and three outdoor patios which make up an additional 2,000 square feet of usable outdoor space. Priority was put on the home’s environmental friendliness, and Su Verde was constructed in compliance with an impressive list of many of the gold standards for health, wellness, and green building: LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, and DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home. As a result, the home has an average utility bill of only approximately $13 per month.
Thoughtfully designed to ensure that every inch is efficiently utilized, Su Verde boasts beautiful, top-of-the-line modern finishes and technology throughout. The triple-pane, tilt-turn European windows and doors imported from Germany are both functional and elegant. There is a whole-house water filtration system as well as a whole-house HEPA-filtered fresh air system—ensuring an allergen-free living space.
Locally sourced reclaimed wood from Kentucky horse farm fences is repurposed as hardwood floors throughout the home, and reclaimed wood from local barns is used for the built-ins—all complete with non-toxic materials and finishes. Safi also looked to local companies and makers to outfit the home, with a chandelier from local artist Leah Naomi hanging in the dining room, ceiling fans from Haiku Homes. Locally made Monogram appliances, tiles, and countertops made from repurposed materials are used in the kitchen.
In keeping with the home’s bright and airy contemporary feel, an open-plan layout was used for the first floor, with an architectural wall of glass further opening up the space and allowing a view of the floating staircase. Bold design elements such as the use of shou sugi ban beams as a room divider and the bar top for the kitchen island add texture and character to the home.
An added highlight is the 1,300-square-foot unfinished lower level. A bonus space comes complete with its own entrance and is framed for its own private bedroom, bath, living area, plus a small kitchen. This flexible additional space could easily be converted into a rental apartment or used as a guest suite.
"Building a typical home was never an option," says Safi. "I envision design that goes beyond architecture and engineering and that addresses the challenges we face with health and wellness, comfort, energy, and our environment. Su Verde is a model example of a high-performance, healthy home that connects function and design for living and thriving."
Su Verde by Sy Safi 11018 Mayapple St is now being offered at $899,000 by James Peterworth of Kentucky Select Properties in partnership with Alexandre LiMandri of Urban Residential Brokerage.
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