A Warehouse Called Home | Sander Architects, Building The Briard House

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Residence for a Briard came out of conversations with the owners who found an old bungalow in Culver City and initially considered a renovation. After discussions with architect Whitney Sander they realized that they could take advantage of his Hybrid House to build a ground-up duplex for only slightly more than the proposed reno budget.



The gauntlet they threw down: to build the greenest house that had ever come out of the Sander practice.



    Learn more about the buildings design and the people who brought the Briard House to life, in our previous post here on G Living.
    Introduction | Mr Whitney Sander, Architect
    Introduction | Catherine Holliss | Interior Designer
    When the rain has passed
    Introduction | Home Buyer Thomas Small
    Introduction | Home Buyer Joanna Brody

The challenge: a very tight budget.



The third issue was Hobbes, the Briard for whom the home is named: not only a huge dog but a huge factor that influenced everything from stair design to finishing materials. This is an instance when it was important that a design “go to the dogs.”

Hybrid House was one of the things that attracted the clients to the Sander. The firm’s strong design reputation was important too as the client is one of the founders of the Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles.

The short list: very modern, very green, very dog friendly.

Residence for a Briard is the greenest Hybrid House ever built. Strategies and materials include: greywater systems, passive heating and cooling strategies, cistern to capture rainwater for watering landscaping, recycled blue jean insulation, sunflower seed wall board, bamboo flooring, marmoleum, structural steel frames from recycled steel, and more.
Case Study House for the 21st Century?

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Whitney Sander, principal architect and founder of the firm, has developed a way of creating residential buildings that is both very green and extremely efficient in terms of construction costs. He calls this Hybrid House: part prefab, all custom ™ as each house is completely customized to each client.
Residence for a Briard is a 3,800sf house that is the first example of Hybrid House, the invention of Sander Architects, LLC.  Its structural frames and exterior walls and roof are all prefabricated off-site by warehouse manufacturers and shipped to the site in pieces on one flat-bed truck. This entire shell cost $22,000. These pieces then bolt together like an erector set in three weeks time.  Once the shell is complete all interior walls, systems and finishes are completed in a traditional manner. The resulting Hybrid House is therefore custom designed for the client, the site, and local codes, at a small fraction of standard construction cost.  The completed cost of Residence for a Briard is $500,000, or $130/sf.  
Equally important for a designer: the warehouse frames allow the scale of the interior spaces to be magnificent. Residence for a Briard has 28’ ceilings in the great room. The system is also very simple to erect – the general contractor had never worked with it before and he became an enthusiastic convert.
Designed for the President-Emeritus of the Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles, which promotes excellence in modern architecture in the greater Los Angeles area, this house needed to be of great design quality. One example of this is the dominant southern facade, which evolved during many hours of discussions of the arts and painting.  

The facade derives from a painting of a violin by Braque (“Aria of Bach,’ 1913). This was especially appropriate as the client is also a music critic. As such, he requested that the house be a place where string quartets could come and play for an audience.  So we provided the house with a great room surrounded by a suspended balcony.  The long side of this balcony is a shallow stairway with long treads that are wide enough for two chairs side-by-side facing the performance area below.  Beyond this is a flat, large landing where additional chairs can be placed.  The handrails for both these areas are transparent glass, with grasses laminated into the glass below eye level.  

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As well, the home makes extensive use of ecological/sustainable materials, systems and strategies, making this one of the greenest residences built in California to date. (See attached notes.)
We aimed to create an eco-friendly Case Study House for the 21st Century using construction strategies that radically reduce standard construction costs for custom homes. These strategies include the use of prefabricated structural frames and components, which allows for a construction cost far lower than competing fully-prefab modern homes.

Project cost: $500,000
3,800sf at +/-$130sf (includes site prep, foundation, hookups, all construction hard costs.)

 
 GREEN MATERIALS AND STRATEGIES used in Residence for a Briard
 
-           Rental unit creates increased density (less land use per person)
-           Proximity to public transportation + all basic amenities within walking distance
-           Site orientation maximizes passive heating and cooling
-           Extensive glazing maximizes natural day lighting
-           Multi-cell acrylic panels (with high R-value) for glazing reduces heat loss/gain
-           Super-insulated building minimizes energy requirements to heat/cool.
-           Recycled steel framing reduces overall building cost / reduces amount of steel
-           Grey water system for landscape irrigation.
-           Low-water / xeriscape landscaping and plants
-           Bamboo flooring
-           Sustainable kitchen / bathroom cabinetry
-           Stained concrete floors: original concrete slab (fewer materials used)
-           On-demand water heater
-           Radiant heat connected to on-demand hot water heater
-           Recycled steel framing
-           Recycled denim insulation
-           Eco-resin panels
-           Low-flush toilets
-           Linoleum flooring and wall covering in bathrooms
-           Low VOC paint
-           Energy star appliances
-           Fluorescent light fixtures w/ programmable dimmers

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  • Zach

    This is so cool. I always love to come to GLiving and find new inspirations for what I will hopefully pursuing as a career ten years down the road (I'm fifteen now). The combination of design and technology, all contributing towards an eco-friendly thought process, make this warehouse into something truly extraordinary for its price. Great find, GLiving!

  • Maggie

    Too bad you didn't pan back and take a photo of this house next to the other houses in the neighborhood. Green yes, but not a thoughtful use of green and certainly not in character with the other houses on the street. This house overwhelms the lot, towers over the houses next door, thus blocking sunlight to these houses, offers no yard space and only a one car garage. This green house sure has a lot of cars spilling out onto the street. Radio reception for the immediate neighbors is now ruined thanks to this green house. Also, who needs street lights with this thing lit up?

  • Green Design Fan

    Actually, this house has parking for four cars – and it is completely within code for the neighborhood. There are multiple 2-story houses on the street – traditional in style but still large. Several neighbors were delighted to find they could expand/renovate to something larger. It's the way of development that older neighborhoods go up in value, if they are in a newly desirable place like Culver City, and, in cases like this the houses will be changed one-by-one to match the house to the greatly increased land value. Let's hope more owners are inspired like these guys to think green when they renovate/build, even if they choose a different style than this modern home. Kudos to the owners.

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  • Jay Taylor

    Great looking house. I love how all the electricity in it is Green. I have been thinking about doing a Green overhaul to my home, so I contacted the Sugarland electrician at MisterSparky-Houston due to their expertise with everything electrical.

  • JNo

    Obviously an angry neighbor

  • JNo

    Obviously an angry neighbor



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