Designing Resilience in a Changing Environment

Loch Haven River View

The original 1959 water view ‘Crab Shack’ was remodeled by a previous owner.  The current owner further adapted the home to meet their family’s needs by adding the garage / workshop with home offices above.  Portions of the original home were also remodeled to address thermal discomforts and provide personalized updates. 

  • Breezeway connection from the existing structure to the new home offices provides distance between working parents and three active children.
  • Breezeway and Home Office views maximize the waterfront views, providing a serene environment.
  • Health Department constraints initially enforced by the County were resolved through skilled negotiations and detailed understanding of the code.
  • Home Energy Audit revealed many deficiencies in the insulation and air sealing. These issues were remedied in areas such as the attic, overhangs and the crawl space.
  • New, low maintenance and resilient materials were installed on the exterior of the expanded home.
  • Rain gardens and other features were installed to address the poor drainage of the flat site.
  • Solar Panels provide 100% of the addition’s electrical needs and a supplementary wind provider enables the home to be 100% renewable energy for electrical use.
  • Solar Tube/s provide additional natural lighting
  • Interior Planted Wall, exterior Fountain and Gardens display the homeowners’ love of nature and their appreciation of the health and psychological benefits thereof.


Photos by:  Chris Zimmer Photography

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