Not really, not without knowing more about the site specifics or your personal needs or desires/uses for the space. (That said, check out the reprint of a 1985 TNE article attached below. It includes some floor plans. Note: I offer it as a description of one very site-specific design only, not as a recommendation that anyone else build the same thing....) From a strictly (thermally) functional perspective, though, we laid ours out so that virtually all of the windows (the weakest links in the thermal envelope) open into the attached sunspace, instead of directly to Alaska. Another thing we did was to lay it out so it is mostly an open floor plan. Few closed rooms, partitions and doors. Air -- and heat -- circulates more freely than in most houses. That, plus the "super insulated" envelope obviated (or reduced) the need for a heating distribution system, reducing cost and complexity.I'd also be very interested in any specifics you could share as to your ideas on how such a home be best laid out.
The foundation is all poured concrete. It is set into a southwest-facing hillside on the diagonal so there is an uphill and a downhill corner, and the greenhouse windows face due south. The above grade portion is wood frame, double stud walls (approx R-30)Is your home mostly concrete?
No. (Because of the open plan, not sure if the added cost/complexity would be worth it.)Does your masonry stove utilize passive hydronics?
Where to begin? Of course "negative" is relative, depending on what you are used to, your goals and expectations. We did a lot of trial and error and experimentation over the 20+ years we lived there, so it's kind of hard to separate out "maintenance chore" from "interesting experiment". As time went on we learned a lot about what worked and what didn't through trial and error. What I've posted here on my website pretty much represents the final products, but I'm still tweaking them as well. (I'm also currently in the process of building a new place -- much simpler, but incorporating stuff learned in the 'live-in lab'.)Any functional negatives, physically or socially, in your day to day lives would be of particular interest to me.
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