The program's legacy of innovative design, lifestyle, and resource efficiency culminated in 2007 with a high-performance contemporary Craftsman-style house situated on the edge of an historic downtown Orlando neighborhood. Positioned on a prime corner lot that afforded a glimpse of the city's signature feature, Lake Eola, the three-level, 5.283-square-foot house figuratively and physically bridges the downtown's past and evolving present.
Among its logical oddities, the floor plan is presented upside-down. On the street level, the footprint consists of an office alcove, a home theater, a hallway bar, guest bedrooms with a shared bath, and a laundry center-occasional spaces that protect the everyday areas above from street noise and urban intrusion. A level up houses the master suite, complete with a lounge and private balcony. The top floor is a loft-like space for the kitchen, dining, and living spaces, as well as a second office alcove and a generous deck (including a covered eating area) accessed by an accordion-fold door and providing a spectacular view of the lake. A detached garage, connected to the house by a lap pool and covered deck, features a full, private-access studio apartment above.
But the home's true value is in its performance features. A system of insulated, precast concrete panel shell and floor system anchors the house, topped by a green roof containing an array of photovoltaic panels to offset the utility grid. The flat roof design also promotes rainwater runoff and passive irrigation; excess runoff is collected into a cistern under the garage floor, where it is pumped out for plants. Other performance features, meanwhile, resulted in a 76 percent reduction in cooling energy use, among other efficiencies, far exceeding Energy Star standards. The insulated windows feature an exterior coating that resists dirt and ducts, while the stucco cladding offers a treatment to block pollutants.
Builder/Designer: Homes by Carmen Dominguez, Orlando; Architect: BSB Design, Des Moines (Oviedo, Fla., office).; Interior Design: Robb & Stucky Interiors, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; Landscape Design: Glatting Jackson Kircher Anglin, Orlando.
Did you know?
The house occupies a lot from which an historic, century-old house was moved two lots away and restored as the first-ever Renewed American Home.