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June 20th, 2013
By Deb Villeneuve
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In an attempt to enhance the quality of construction with regards to energy efficiency, economy, Drummond House Plans proposes a new and innovative approach to ecologically and ergonomically designed house plans that include pertinent details on how to achieve an Environmentally Superior home or chalet.
Case in point, plan 2939-ES, whose details include specifications on optimal orientation to inhibit the harsh rays of the sun in the summer and benefiting from this passive heat source in the winter months while taking maximum advantage of the surrounding panoramic view. Learn invaluable ways to plan your landscaping to make full use of rain water, shade benefits of some trees and wind breaking characteristics of others.
Discover the best ways to make use of the ever increasing number of “recycled” construction materials and be assured that your contractor uses the best practices when it comes to recovering the inevitable waste materials from your project.
Environmentally Superior designs include details about construction methods using low V.O.C. (volatile organic compounds) and the installation of the best suited HVAC components to ensure a healthy living environment with optimal air quality and humidity management.
Details of how to reduce energy consumption start with the construction methods used for the foundation and extend to choosing the best appliances and appropriate lighting. Certified fixtures, such as an on demand water heater, can contribute to energy savings by limiting excessive consumption of this costly resource.
To enhance the aging in place aspect of this home, plan 2939-ES is designed for day to day living on the same level. The main floor boasts an entrance foyer, a kitchen with a movable island, a living/dining room complete with cathedral ceiling and place for a fireplace or wood burning stove. The master bedroom is complete with a private bathroom and a laundry area close by.
Another thoughtful aspect of this design is the 4’ wide hallway and a linear staircase that can be fitted with an elevator to access the second floor if need be to adapt the home for a mobility restrained occupant. The bathroom in the master bedroom can be fitted with all of the required security features in the event that this becomes necessary.

Discover 3240-ES, designed with the same concept in mind, we look forward to hearing your comments about this new trend in more livable homes!


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