Bio.logic Homes

Organic and Logical

Bio.logic homes are for people who know that bigger is not just better and who value the land they inhabit and the forces that sustain it. These dwellings serve several markets: sustainable homes for a small planet; retirement homes; seasonal cottages; and affordable workforce homes. Bio.logic homes are designed in several sizes to provide comfortable spaces, which emphasize the relationship of inside and outside.

Site

On each specific site the home is designed to work with the microclimate by preserving the native vegetation, introducing materials that are compatible with protection of the watershed, and reducing water use. The landscape is conceived as a shelter for the home to modify the energy load and offer potential views of gardens.

Home

As with site design, the homes are designed to reduce energy costs, waste, construction costs, and building maintenance while promoting user health.

Size

The homes range in size, and are smaller on average than the typical houses built today. This is a major form of energy saving, as there are fewer materials, less maintenance, and lower heating and cooling costs.

Flexibility

A small house there must provide flexibility, so the homes are conceptually modular, meaning that the design blocks (i.e.: kitchen, dining and entrance; master bedroom and bath suite; living room, bedroom(s) and rear entry) can be increased or decreased in size to suit their owners while still maintaining the advantages of their layout.

Transparency

Making up for the smaller, more efficient plan sizes, the connection between indoors and outdoors is emphasized: the floor plane is close to grade to make the land feel like an extension of the inside; day lighting is introduced to minimize the need for electricity, while psychologically brightening and enlarging the interior; cathedral ceilings add dramatic height. The experience of living in one of these homes is dynamic.

Energy

The homes are thermally efficient --more insulated than the building codes mandate and better sealed against unintentional air leaks-- improving independence from unpredictable fuel costs. The use of passive solar energy generated by south-facing porches, which are solar collectors in winter and shading devices in summer.

Healthful

The quality of the indoor environment is reflected by the reduction or elimination of VOC's (volatile organic compounds), minimalization of opportunity for microbial growth, and maximization of the fresh air supply.

These are homes to live in, to feel comfortable with, to be at peace in.

Will Melcher, Architect