The Young/Johnson Residence is located in Boise’s eclectic established neighborhood of Collister. This contemporary dwelling focuses on renewable energy and low carbon producing, non-toxic materials.
The house is nestled within the Sycamore Overlay District; a Boise zoning classification that allows the large lots which were created from farmland in the 1940’s to maintain their agricultural status. Horses are permitted in backyards, chickens and lamas are present as well as orchards and several organic market gardens. This neighborhood is within walking distance to most major services and is easily bikeable into downtown Boise.
The residence is designed in a ‘u’ shape allowing the living and sleeping spaces direct access to a central courtyard, maximizing light and air into all the rooms. The spaces have natural ventilation with high and low windows to create a natural flow of air. Within this one story residence, Trout Architects have incorporated the latest technology and equipment for active heating, in addition to passive solar heating.
On the roof is an array of solar vacuum tubes that create a hot water loop from which the heat is stored in a large underground cistern. When needed to heat the residence, the stored water is channeled into the hydronic piping that is cast into the concrete floors. Rain water and (future) grey water retention systems are also incorporated into the design. This water will be used for landscaping purposes.
The residence is an exemplary example of a 2,000 square feet home that is fully accessible, nontoxic, and uses renewable energy while providing graceful living. Hopefully, the Young/Johnson Residence helps establish new standards on what constitutes a private home that is sustainable for the future here in Boise.
Design Team: Elizabeth Young, Dwaine Carver, Steve Trout