Old Briar House by Applied Research
Architects & Firms
Site size: 6.89 acres
Project size: 3,685 square feet
Location: A farm in rural western Tennessee.
Solution: By placing the structure close to the road to reduce erosion, the architects minimized environmental impact to the farmland in the vicinity.
Construction and materials: Applied Research's team of architects constructed the house out of heavy timber: Sawn and glu-laminated members compose the basic structure. Poured-in-placed concrete, steel fencing, and timber screens mark boundaries on the farmland. Wood floors and cabinets are used throughout, while in some rooms the flooring is marbled cork. Acting as a rainscreen, the exterior cladding of stained cypress boards over steel frames hangs from barn door tracks. The roof assembly contains a metal standing seam, ventilated roof over SIP panels and glu-lam rafters. Designed as a passive house, a high level of energy efficiency is gained by a highly insulated and well-sealed envelope, solar panels, and geothermal heating.
Dennis and Martha O'Dell
NOTE: Applied Research is a joint venture between:
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Mallia Engineering (structural)
Cabinetwork & Millwork:
Concrete, Steel frames, Glass
Interior Heavy Timber Constr: Douglas Fir glulam beams and rafters, solid sawn Douglas Fir columns.
Architectural Concrete (exposed) ' site walls, exterior and interior (board formed)
Floor framing - LVL's and TJI's
North colonnade / screen:
Decks / pool covers/exterior benches: Cedar solid wood decking
Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project:
EIFS, ACM, or other:
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Paints and stains:
Floor and wall tile:
Tile type 2: Mirage Glass Tile, 'Morning Mist' C11-2 Chrystile Series, 1x3 glass tile ' master bath, to be used as the primary wall tile
Tile type 3: Mirage Glass Tile, 'Eclipse' C06-2 Chrystile Series, 1x3 glass tile ' master bath, to be used in the shower and on build-out under sinks
NOTE: 'Morning Mist' as an accent tile within the master bath shower. Architect to provide pattern.
Tile type 4: Daltile 'Arctic White' 0190 semi-gloss ' master and guest bath
Tile type 5: Daltile 'Arctic White' 0790 matte porcelain 6x6 nominal field tile ' master and guest bath
Tile type 6: Daltile 'Arctic White' D617 matte porcelain 1x1 nominal field tile ' master bath shower and guest bath shower
Special interior finishes unique to this project:
Toilet: (guest bath) Toto Eco Supreme One Piece Toilet, 1.28 GPF (master bath) Toto Aquia III Dual Flush Toilet
Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:
Ceiling fans (interior and exterior) - Modern Fan Company