Housing for A San Diego Subdivision Sustainable-minded passive solar housing subdivision for a difficult site in San Diego.
Area Layout A complex, hilly site involving a variety of upslope and downslope homes that incorporate passive solar design, warm woods, large exterior decks, and minimal disruption to the existing topography.
Site Requirements A project such as this always involves complex zoning requirements, height limits, setbacks, and more. Using the latest in Building Information Modeling software we were able to efficiently manage the complex set of overlapping requirements.
Site-Specific Houses Streets and foundations were planned to impact the site as minimally as possible, both for sustainability and to be affordable. Rather than a typical subdivision, which uses pre-designed house plans while ignoring the site and the sun, eight different houses were designed so that each house works with the sun and winds based upon its location.
Community Feel A huge effort was made to adhere to New Urbain principals, with walkable streets, large front porches, and houses closer to the street. This helps to create a more social neighborhood, a real sense of place. Rather than a sea of garage doors a huge front lawns it becomes a real community.
Housing Plans Each house was designed with the local San Diego climate in mind. Shade in the summer and sun in the winter, along with wind-catching upper clear-stories, the passive solar design and large exterior decks will aid a comfortable life in a dynamic warm climate. Constructibility and efficiency was a focus as well, with the houses designed to be able to take advantage of the latest in panelization and prefabrication.
Back View Light-colored roofing at a sensible angle leads to roofs that reflect light rather than gather too much heat. A stepped two-level design works with the topography instead of against it. Large exterior decks make up for lack of outdoor space on the steep sites.