white(out) house

Arlington, Virginia
Location
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • In December 2015, Galaxy Homes completed construction of the white(out)house, a custom single family residence certified GOLD by the Arlington Green Home Choice program. Homeowner Brian J. Donnelly AIA, an architect and LEED Accredited Professional, designed white(out)house as a demonstration project in response to the growing demand for urban dwellings that are functional, responsible and meaningful, supporting the vitality and diversity of modern life. Green features include a high-performing thermal envelope composed of factory-made structural insulated panels (SIPs), geothermal heating and cooling, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting throughout, and a plethora of strategically placed windows providing natural light and ventilation while minimizing solar gain.

    The white(out)house is notable not only for its energy performance and beauty, but also for its intent to orchestrate a more efficient and sustainable residential building process. The use of manufactured SIPs, for example, reduced on-site waste in building materials. Floors were finished in sustainable bamboo. Portions of the interior and exterior walls were built from site-cast concrete. At only 900 sf, the house’s small footprint ensured that old growth trees on the property could be preserved, and were protected through selective root pruning and limb pruning by a certified arborist, as well as installation of ASLA specified protective barriers.

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    Modern home with Dining Room. white(out) house: an open floor plan allows easy flow of kitchen, dining, and living areas on the first floor. Photo  of white(out) house

    white(out) house: an open floor plan allows easy flow of kitchen, dining, and living areas on the first floor.

    white(out) house: a wall of Loewen windows and La Cantina doors bring in an abundance of natural light. Photo 2 of white(out) house modern home

    white(out) house: a wall of Loewen windows and La Cantina doors bring in an abundance of natural light.

    Modern home with Kitchen, Laminate Cabinet, and Glass Tile Backsplashe. white(out) house: featuring Ikea kitchen cabinets. Photo 3 of white(out) house

    white(out) house: featuring Ikea kitchen cabinets.

    Modern home with Dining Room. white(out) house: view of the dining room from the second floor balcony. Photo 4 of white(out) house

    white(out) house: view of the dining room from the second floor balcony.

    white(out) house: Custom railings by Capital Iron Solutions of Rockville, MD. Photo 5 of white(out) house modern home

    white(out) house: Custom railings by Capital Iron Solutions of Rockville, MD.

    white(out) house: open risers on the custom staircase with bamboo treads reinforces the open feel of the home. Photo 6 of white(out) house modern home

    white(out) house: open risers on the custom staircase with bamboo treads reinforces the open feel of the home.

    white(out) house: an operable Velux skylight at the top of the staircase creates a breeze throughout the house when windows are open. Photo 7 of white(out) house modern home

    white(out) house: an operable Velux skylight at the top of the staircase creates a breeze throughout the house when windows are open.

    Modern home with Bath Room. white(out) house: the master bathroom is fitted with eco-friendly WaterSense fixtures. Photo 8 of white(out) house

    white(out) house: the master bathroom is fitted with eco-friendly WaterSense fixtures.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Grass, Rooftop, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. white(out) house: green roof off of the third-floor master bedroom provides a gorgeous "tree house."  Photo 9 of white(out) house

    white(out) house: green roof off of the third-floor master bedroom provides a gorgeous "tree house."

    Modern home with Outdoor. white(out) house: rear exterior view shows off the dozens of strategically-placed windows. Photo 10 of white(out) house

    white(out) house: rear exterior view shows off the dozens of strategically-placed windows.

    Modern home with Outdoor. white(out) house: La Cantina bifold door creates seamless indoor/outdoor living. Photo 11 of white(out) house

    white(out) house: La Cantina bifold door creates seamless indoor/outdoor living.

    Modern home with Outdoor. white(out) house: keeping within the footprint of the modest colonial that once stood here, the new home is certified green by the county of Arlington, VA. Photo 12 of white(out) house

    white(out) house: keeping within the footprint of the modest colonial that once stood here, the new home is certified green by the county of Arlington, VA.

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