So, we’ve been thinking a lot about what the exterior of the house will look like… trying to pretty up our Plain Jane! Here’s an idea that I had. In the pic you can see that there is a covered entrance area on the west side of the house and the two windows that are in the living room are now surrounded by a different siding than the rest of the house. This area will also be covered with a pergola. Keep in mind that none of this is to scale, just my little fiddlings!
The exterior has really been at the forefront of things the last little bit. We are trying to nail down the size of the windows. Each time we make a change the sizes have to be put into the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) to determine what effect they will have on the efficiency of the home. If we make the south and west windows too big we will overheat, if there is too much on the north we will lose too much in efficiency. Really, it’s a balancing act!