Home Plan Detail


By: Robert Gay
Radius Architects, LLC


Square Footage

Total living area: 2436'
Basement: 0'
Main Level:2436'
Footprint: 92' 0" W x 40' 6" D


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.0
Master suite location: Main Floor


Levels: 1
Parking: Garage
Number of car stalls: 1
Foundation: Slab
Lot type(s):
Modifiable to:
Climate(s): Hot-Dry


  • Strawbale
  • Energy Efficient
  • Guest Suite
  • Pool & Spa
  • Great Room
  • Roof Terrace


This unique passive solar home radiates off a circular outdoor room, and has diverse indoor and outdoor spaces. It has many Southwest inspired elements, and incorporates a number of alternative materials and elements, including straw bale filled steel frame and rastra walls, radiant heat barrier, solar hot water panels, and a photovoltaic system.

This plan makes use of its surroundings, with five covered outdoor spaces, which expands the indoor living spaces, and a roof terrace over the garage, which features a fireplace. Off the entry hall is a spacious kitchen, which opens into a family room with a stone hearth. Two bedrooms and a full bath are off the family room. On the other side of the entry is the great room, with views to the north patio. A door off the great room leads into the master bedroom suite.

A breezeway connects the guest suite to the main house, and a covered walkway leads to the semi–detached garage/workshop. Arches and niches are found throughout the house, and Southwest styled wood columns, beams, and corbels give the exterior a Mission style facade. Earth tone materials of low reflective value are used throughout.

This home's estimated energy performance is calculated at 7% better than the Sustainable Energy Standard. The house is oriented for passive solar gain in winter, and the swimming pool has an autonomous rooftop water heating system. Cisterns are integrated within the design, which will collect rainwater to replenish evaporation from pool, spa, and fountain, and will supplement greywater for landscape uses.

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