LO C A T I O N 1753 WESTBROOK DR. AUSTIN, TEXAS
T Y P E NEW BUILD, MULTI-GENRATIONAL HOUSEHOLD
A R E A 3,200 SQ FT.
S O F T W A R E SKETCHUP & INDESIGN
Mr. and Mrs. Sloane are a middle-aged couple with 3 sons, Michael (16), John (18) and David (22). Michael and John attend high school closer to town, and David recently graduated from the Texas A&M University. He wants to save money while he searches for a job, so he has decided to move back in with his parents. Mrs. Sloane’s father has begun to develop dimentia in his senior years, and her mother relies on a wheelchair for mobility. They are unable to make ends meet on their own due to their health issues, therefore, Mr. and Mrs. Sloane have decided it will be best if they live under the same roof. Their new construction project is located on a 0.75-acre lot and will incorporate universal and accessible design while considering the varying needs of a multi-generational household.
A beating heart is divided into 2 sides, the left and right, which work together to pump blood throughout our bodies. Oxygen, energy, and electrical impulses are the 3 factors that the heart relies on in order to complete this process successfully. Just as a heart has 2 main sides, this house is divided into 2 main private wings that are connected by a common living space to accommodate a multi-generational household. The building materials, space plan, and circulation patterns will intentionally express the characteristics of the life-sustaining nature of a beating heart.
1. Implement the concept of a beating heart through the circulation patterns and building materials used in the
2. Apply sustainable design for energy efficiency by using environmental friendly materials, a concrete
exterior, and designing the roof to accommodate a water filtration system.
3. Create contrast with color scheme and material selection for visual appeal while accommodating the aging
4. Express the character of the home by connecting the exterior and interior spaces with large windows and
Revit 2016 (floor plans)
SketchUp (design development)
InDesign (presentation board)
Chartpak markers (renderings)
Prismacolor pencils (renderings)
Foam core board (model)
Plexi glass (model)
Studio I - Residential Design
Design Goal #1: Doorways, openings and natural light are elements used to manipulate the circulation flow that reflects the design concept. On the level 2 floor plan, the jack and jill bathroom provides a clear representation of a beating heart (see arrows).
Design Goal #2: Sustainable furniture pieces were carefully selected in this design. Just as the heart relies on clean oxygen to function properly, this house promotes clean air through the use of organic upholsteries and refurbished woods. This not only provides a healthy environment for the Sloanes, but it also will help lengthen the life expectancy of the house itself. (This bed is a custom design that is made up of refurbished woods from a local lumber yard)
Design Goal #3: A high contrast color scheme is used throughout the design to accommodate the aging eye of Mrs. Sloane's parents. The high contrast between surfaces assists the eye with interpreting a space dimensionally.
Rooftop Design: This rooftop patio was designed to provide the Sloane’s with a great place to entertain or simply just relax in the warm Texas sun. The bench seating is a custom design with a built in planter - this is an appealing design and offers planting space without using extra square footage. All of the wood used is recycled and half of the patio has been designed to provide space for a functioning garden. This seating area is wheel-chair accessible.
Roof Design: A water filtration system is incorporated into the landscape of the home to collect the water run-off from the roof. The roof is intentionally designed to assist the filtration system when rain occurs. Once the rain water is collected, it is filtered and then pumped back into the home - similar to a beating heart.
Design Goal #4: These model images demonstrate the large windows and doors that are used throughout the design to connect the interior and exterior while expressing the character of the home. The window placement was intentional to control the amount of light penetrating a space while considering the orientation of the home.