All photos courtesy of Jared VanderGriend
This family needed some room for the big kids to spread out. TC Legend Homes designed and built this accessory dwelling unit to meet their needs. The family gained a large garage, with 576 square feet of living space perched above, accessible to the main house via 2nd-story bridge.
A simple design to minimize exposed surface area
Orientation and window placement to optimize passive solar
Insulated concrete forms
2nd floor Structural Insulated Panel construction (vice traditional framing) to reduce possibility of thermal bridging
High-efficiency mini-split heat pump for heating & cooling
Energy Star, EPA Indoor airPLUS, and 4-Star Built Green Certified
Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is 46. (A typical new home has a rating of + 62).