Location: Rome, Georgia
Area: 1560 SF
Year: 2012
Description: To dwell is a word with a diversity of usage. One can dwell in...one can dwell among...one can dwell on...one can be a dweller...and, in a more architectural sense, something can be a dwelling. As architects, this is one of our first and foremost callings: to provide a dwelling. To provide a place to call home, a shelter above one's head, and a comfortable environment to call one's own, is an architectural commission. At CEVIAN Design Lab, our residential architecture has a focus on provision of comfort, needs, and wants, in addition to intentionally integrating sustainable principles into the design. We believe in minimizing disruption to the natural environment and creating dwellings that reside in harmony with the seasons and moods of climates and inhabitants. The certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Cochran Residence, is the only LEED Gold certified home in Northwest Georgia. The residence was constructed through 2 x 4 wood framing at 19.2" on center, using 17% less wood than a comparable, traditionally framed home. It is insulated with spray foam insulation and conditioned through a ducted mini-split system with variable speed air compressors. Low-flow toilets and faucets reduce yearly water usage to approximately 15,000 gallons of water per year. Through inclusion of sustainable design principles, the architectural conditions of a residence create a more positive and environmentally aware experience of one's surroundings.