Catskill Mountain Views And Energy Efficient Design
Beautiful Catskill mountain views from an energy-efficient house design thoughtfully built on a smart site plan.
The design of this home for Jim Graf grew from the spectacular vistas. The dining/kitchen and the living room on the first floor, and two bedrooms and a playroom upstairs all take advantage of the north oriented views.
Less prominent rooms, bathrooms, utility rooms and circulation are located to the south in the plan. The rectangular plan is simple to build while the Craftsman style details make this an attractive home. Jim built this home for himself and the quality is second to none. Glass on the north side of a building receives almost no solar gain and therefore looses more heat annually than south-facing glass which has an annual heat gain.
Its size is so carefully chosen to balance between heat loss and appreciation of the views.
It is especially critical to appropriately (shell-tighten) homes exposed to the higher winds of mountain settings since infiltration of cold air increases as the average wind increases. The sloped ceilings and dormers of second floors can create serious infiltration problems and it takes expertise to contain energy losses, maintaining comfort and insure against condensation and moisture.