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Solar Environmental Architecture & Planning

Solar Environmental Architecture & Planning

Solar Environmental Architecture & Planning

Smith Residence – Shasta Country, CA

This modern rustic residence is being built on the upper Sacramento River near Mount Shasta. The owners are replacing an old 1920s vacation cabin with a modern retirement home. 

Designed to bend with the wooded river front and older vacation home community, the house is highly energy efficient, fire resistant and functionally designed to focus on the outside natural setting, and to be filled with the views and sound of the merry river,

Extensive outside porches along the riverfront, provide both sunny and sheltered year-round living in this gorgeous forest environment. The exterior is clad in contrasting rusty corrugated metal and warm fireproof lap siding reminiscent of the vernacular architecture. Local rock and cedar log columns provide a touch of organic flair. Inside, the vaulting white walled spaces with wood ceilings all open to the river view making a bright natural living experience.

A separate garage with guest studio above, lends itself to both family and rental; close but private. The guest studio and large deck have the feeling of a cozy tree house, enveloped in both river and woods. 

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