“The sun shines not on us, but in us.” — John Muir
Solace House offers a highly efficient, light-filled living space. Built with timelessness and optimal sustainability in mind, the home incorporates passive solar design features with low-energy construction techniques for a truly unique and rewarding living experience.
The lower level of the home is below grade, with the foot-thick concrete walls (insulated from the exterior, right down to the weeping tiles) and insulated concrete floor acting as a heat-sink in winter, while providing natural cooling in the summertime — no need for air conditoning.
The staircase from the main level descends in three short flights through an open, interstitial greenspace that spans the entire south side of the house. The fireplace is located in the center of the lower level and opens to a spacious lounge. A door from the lounge leads to a quiet, separated den, connected visually to the lounge by a large internal window (safety glass) with ceiling-to-floor blind.
Also on the lower level are a full bath, laundry area, exercise space, and an enclosed utility room.