Jun. 11th New Home Construction in Jamaica Plain

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Studio Luz Architects has been very busy this year with the design and on going construction of two residences located  in Boston’s dynamic Jamaica Plain neighborhood. We recently scouted one of our projects with our photographer, John Horner and we wanted to give you a glimpse of a modest and modern 1,180 square feet new residential unit attached to an existing single family residence. The project’s design was reviewed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and a relief was granted from the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

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Working closely with our clients to meet their sustainable goals of a fossil fuel free home, the home utilizes photovoltaic solar and wind source electric services. It incorporates energy recovery ventilation and Energy Star equipment, lighting and appliances. The photo reveals a rain barrel integrated with a downspout to collect water runoff for outdoor irrigation purposes. Other sustainable features includes the use of a rain-screen system with fiber-cement panel siding.  The detailing used a water and vapor barrier that is UV stabilized to allow for open joints within the facade. The panels differentiate from the cladding system used in the historic residence and create a blend with the clapboard siding through accent panels. With the mindset of ‘think locally,’ Studio Luz Architects brought in Al Dor Corporation as the builder and fabricator, Trimount Ironworks from Dorchester to build custom pieces around the home such as the fabrication of the deck railing as seen on the above image.

Plans copyThe residential unit consists of an open floor plan layout on the first floor where social activities occur such as the preparation of food and living area. Theses spaces are located at the rear side of the house facing the garden. The more private spaces are on the second floor which consists of a master bedroom with ample closet space, a second bedroom to be used as an office or sleeping area and a full bathroom.

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