This beautiful home is located in Victoria, BC. Both homeowners are local Intern Architects who were critical to the house’s design and construction. Playing both roles as owners and designers helped them to balance their desire to build an environmentally sound house on a realistic budget.
This home features solar energy use, high-efficiency water heating, as well as an array of energy-efficient appliances and lighting. The building materials contain plenty of local and recycled products. With the use of low-VOC paints and finishes, as well as high-efficiency filters, the occupants are able to enjoy comfortable indoor air quality year round. Low-flow fixtures reduce the home’s potable water use, while rain-water collection feeds the garden’s irrigation system. The landscaping around Quimper House features native and drought resistant plants and permeable landscaping, while allowing space for play, outdoor dining and vegetable gardens. The home’s interior details – colourful dutch doors, a hidden shoe drawer, a mosaic of tiny windows – show how function and thoughtful design can help to create a playful and beautiful home.
The home is certified LEED for Homes Platinum. To learn more about the project from the owners’ websites, see the following links:
- LEED for Homes Platinum (Certified Oct 27, 2015)
- LEED for Homes Consulting (Green Rater & Provider services)
- Energy Modelling
- Air Leakage Testing
- Thermal Bypass Inspections