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Project Background

Projects > Troy Residence

Location: Borrego Springs, CA
Construction: Straw Bale / Wood Post
Progress: Construction
Year: Design - January 2006, Construction - December 2006
Synopsis: The Troy Residence, located in warm Borrego Springs climate, had a large concern about keeping cool. The design has seven-foot porches to keep the sun out of the home where the larger windows and french doors occur. The south facing and windows outside the courtyard are minimized. The U-shaped courtyard design offers a large protected area from the harsh sand storms. In addition, the courtyard provides a private exterior area for entertaining and a future pool. The design also has radiant floor heating, photovoltaic system, wood burning stoves, and clerestory windows to allow rising heat to escape.
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