Well Being

Blue and Green Pittsburgh Home

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If you ever wonder what kind of home an architect strives for here's one nice simple example. When Eric Fisher, architect designed his own home it turned out to be an experience to say the least. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quotes him as saying, “It was the only time in my life when I couldn't sleep at night, worrying about materials, costs — everything.”

Yup home building can be hard. If you're lucky you might have the chops to turn out something like this; quirky but livable and sustainable.

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Cable railings, polycarbonate panels and a see-through steel mesh curtain are about all that divides up the 2,500 square feet which results in a beautiful and open plan. Just enough space too.

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On a greener home in the usually not-so-green nor innovative Pittsburgh, Fisher notes,

“Employing strategies that minimize energy costs is a no-brainer. Thanks in part to the work of people at Carnegie Mellon University and the Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh has in recent years become a center for ‘green” technology. As oil costs soar, architects here can employ affordable means to reduce resource consumption. At our house, we incorporated earth-sheltered construction, radiant floor panels, low-flow toilets, high-efficiency water heaters, Energy Star-rated appliances, recycled newspaper insulation, sustainable bamboo flooring, and of course, the green roof, which acts as an effective heat shield from the hot summer sun.”

Below, the green roof.

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Back of the home:

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To read the entire design process and see a longer slide show of this home visit the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette or visit Fisher's own website, FISHER ARCHitecture.