The first new home to be built on Elks Country Club in many years, this house was designed through a carefully-considered and collaborative process between the architect (Emerson Design Studio) and the owner, a local home builder.
Three major principles guided the design:
Client-Specific. Every family has its own way of living and particular preferences. The clients for West Elks House #1 are a young, active family with a need for a home office and a love for the outdoors. Their house was designed to suit their unique lifestyle, as well as to respond to their preference for a house with “modern conveniences and an open layout, but with the look and feel of a more traditional home.” Therefore, the design is intimate and comfortable, yet spacious. It includes window nooks, built-ins, a sunken family room, specially-designed ceiling features and various other details that create the character of an old house with modern conveniences and configuration. The design also takes advantage of the outdoor spaces, making the front porch, back patio, children's play area and garden key parts of the home.
Site-Specific. All new house sites have unique features such as views, solar orientation, contours and surrounding contexts. West Elks House #1 was designed to respond to all of these features, so it fully takes advantage of good views, lets in more natural light, reduces heating and cooling costs and enhances curb-appeal.
Design with Nature. "Sustainable design" has a variety of benefits for homeowners. It can make homes more comfortable, lower heating, cooling and lighting costs, reduce water consumption and improve the environment. By using both high-tech “active” strategies and low-tech “passive” design, West Elks House #1 is likely to be more comfortable and have lower utility bills than many much smaller conventional homes.
Location: Columbus, Nebraska Status: Completed Photo Credits: Tom Kessler & Jeremy Emerson