“Little House Nashville”
A Design, Efficiency and Sustainability Concept
Owners: Jane Hardy and Rod Kochtitzky
Historic Garage and Servant’s Quarters
Built in 1920, renovated in 2009/10
Recipient of LEED Platinum Certification, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), 2011
Best Green House, February 2011 Greensource, The Magazine of Sustainable Design
Recipient of Green Star Award, Best of the Best: Residential, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Middle Tennessee Chapter, 2012
Recipient of Architectural Award for "outstanding efforts toward the preservation of Davidson County's architectural heritage," Metropolitan Historical Commission of Nashville-Davidson County, 2012
Quality Over Quantity
It is small, but it works - and well. We took 750 sq. ft. of history and gave it a modern spin on functionality while retaining the best of its character.
Cradle to Cradle
Reclaim, Restore, & Reuse. Most materials on this job were saved from the landfill and are now enjoying their second life.
The 50 Year Plan
We tried to envision every possible use of this structure for many decades to come and design accordingly. Universal Design ensures access for all occupants.
Geothermal HVAC W/Radiant Heat - We use the earth's temperature to cool in the summer and heat the concrete floor in winter.
Soy Based Spray Foam Insulation - Perfect for this situation, spray foam fills in all the cracks old homes inevitably have.
Low flow water fixtures, tankless water heating, efficient windows, and more, decrease energy consumption.
Reclaim We deconstructed a garage, scoured salvage yards, and reclaimed our own demolition materials in order to create a highly aesthetic space with minimal environmental impact.
Restore We didn’t tear it down! It would have been easier, but it definitely wasn’t as sustainable. Restoring historic buildings preserves history and conserves materials.
Reuse Siding became our ceiling. A floor is our countertop. Old screen doors open to a pantry. Thinking creatively allows for unconventional uses of conventional materials.