Current Design Sketch

First digital sketch of the smart house design.  Featured multi-use awnings, providing cover while capturing rain and solar. Skylights offer beautiful natural light during the day and starlit sky views at night.
First digital sketch of the smart house design. Featured multi-use awnings, providing cover while capturing rain and solar. Skylights offer beautiful natural light during the day and starlit sky views at night.
Features

  • Completely self-sufficient utilities: water from rain, power from solar, wind, etc., and waste composting.
  • An interior with high ceilings and plenty of natural light, designed to allow light to enter the house from a minimum of three directions everyplace in the house.
  • Flexible design features allowing four to ten diners at a single table and four plus adults to sleep.
  • Three-quarter wrap around first floor covered porch and Three-quarter wrap around second story balconies.
  • Second floor master bedroom:
    • Queen size bed
    • Private outdoor covered balcony
    • Hair and make-up parlor
    • Skylight for rain, stars, and sunlight
  • Bathrooms:
    • Instant Hot-water
    • Foot-pedal water control
    • Japanese-style drain and water management allowing for spills and easy cleaning
    • Half-Bath with a toilet, sink, and mirror
    • Half-Bath with a urinal, sink, and mirror
    • Half-Bath with full bathtub and large shower, featuring panoramic views of the outside, and a skylight
  • A ‘circular path’ design allowing a circular flow of traffic around the house.
  • A dinner and cafe table which can be moved or removed in the main hall. The dinner table can be used as a preparation table for cooking. Both will be made of butcher blocks.
  • An uninterrupted 70 square foot hardwood floor main hall, with high glass ceilings.
  • Built-in vacuum lines, with exterior ports for dust and crumb control.
  • A kitchen with:
    • Instant hot water
    • Foot-pedal water control
    • 20 square feet of butcher block counter space
    • Miele appliances: vented gas stove, oven, dish-washer
    • Panoramic views
    • Vertically sliding space-efficient and artistic Cabinets
    • Custom glass door refrigerator
  • A Study, with conversions to:
    • two person porch swing
    • hanging day-bed
    • fixed-queen bed
    • full desk and chair or bench
    • half desk and chair or bench
    • open room
  • “Smart” heating and lighting with sensors throughout the house for comfortable, appropriate, and responsive light and temperature control when and where it’s needed. A central computing system which can report and predict utility consumption. Kitchen, closet, and bathroom sensors to keep housing essentials always in stock (groceries, consumables, etc.).
  • Artistic gauges for rain and solar, utilizing beautiful visual and auditory cues to communicate information about power and water capture (as well as other pertinent environmental information).
  • A “Weasley Clock” featuring family location and other data.
  • Smarthouse responsive features which adjust sound, lighting, purchasing, window shade location, heating, etc. based on time of day, season, holiday, sunlight, weather, holidays, and number of occupants, etc.
  • Smart food and water control for pets and domestic animals with remote monitoring (data and video).
  • Embedded environment of plants providing oxygen, air-filtering, year-round growing, and aesthetic appeal, with automatically-controlled watering and sensing.
  • “Hidden” outlets (standard and USB).
  • Vertically sliding end-tables and drawers for space-efficiency and child-proofing.
  • Ability to compress and tow across US highways.

*Panoramic views mean at most 180 degrees of visibility outside through windows. Typically this means windows on three sides.

 

Sketches

 
Fourth Sketches (2016)
th_sketch_outside_right

th_sketch_outside_left

img_0360.jpg
Third Sketch (2014 – 2015)

tiny_house_v3_1_o_1

 
Second Sketch (2014 – 2015)

tiny_house_v2_1_o_1 copy

 
The First Sketches (2014)

first smart house design.  1 of 2.
Here’s the first drawing of the smart house idea. It was drawn sometime in 2014.
first house design 2 of 2.
This is the outside of the first smart house design.