779 MONTEREY AVE, Santa Cruz, CA. (Green Building Award winning design).
New single family home with detached Accessory dwelling unit over a new garage.
This project develops a two-phase design for a young family who acquired a really nice property on the lower west side of Santa Cruz. The property is a through lot with the main house facing Palmetta Street and the ADU and garage facing Monterey.
The first phase of the project leaves the modest 600 SF original bungalow in front and constructs the new ADU and garage. The family of four, mom dad and two young girls, will live in the new unit, rent out the existing residence and save/plan for designing the new main home.
The contemporary design feels like a tree house in the City with a wrap around entry balcony and extended views carefully designed to frame the mountains to the north and the ocean to the south.
The home has been designed to take advantage of winter sun and summer shade and has the opportunity to incorporate roof mounted photovoltaic systems for both domestic hot water and electricity. The exterior walls are designed as rain-screen assemblies installed over exterior rigid insulation, which allow for the free flow of air behind the cladding to promote drying and provide a drainage plane for moisture. Other significant green design features include:
Daylighting strategies (operable skylights providing natural light to all rooms, recycled content materials, engineered wood lumber, natural materials, efficient lighting systems with sensors, insulation, glass and exterior cladding that are energy efficient and that promote cooling by natural ventilation, interior materials and finishes that minimize chemical emissions and promote good air quality, landscaped bioswales to control water run-off, use of resource and water-efficient landscaping, and a commitment to recycling 100% of job site demolition and construction waste.
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Corten, cedar and stucco all installed with rain-screen assemblies.
The girls and their new digs
Dad loving his new pad