The Bob Project: Part 3

After months and months of planning and building, Bob's new home is finally complete. If you've been following Sweet Peach, you may remember Bob began the build of a classic modern home late last summer. Influenced by famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright and a desire to tread lighter on the environment, Bob has brought his vision of the perfect home to life. For a recap on the build and design, click to see the Bob Project Part 1 and Part 2...

I love the open floor plan and eye catching, spacious kitchen. The skylight makes a huge difference in creating a warm, inviting space. Since I live without natural light in my own kitchen, I can appreciate how special this really is. Yet perhaps the most striking feature in Bob's home is all that you can't see...energy efficiency. 

Bob decided on the tankless hot water heater by Rinnai, which heats water in the home only as needed. The one con of this scenario is Bob's kitchen sink lies on the opposite side of the home from where the water heater is situated, thereby increasing the time it takes for the hot water to arrive at his faucet. To fix this, Bob's contractor, JR McDowell, installed an Eemax 2 1/2 gallon hot water tank (110 volt) beneath the sink so that Bob's busiest hot water needs could be instantly attended to. In Bob's house, you'll never have to wait till the water gets hot...or pay for it either. 

I also really like how the heating and cooling features in his home, via Trane, are divided into four zones, depending on usage. For instance, the guest rooms downstairs are set to one zone. So if noone is staying over, you can turn that zone off. Why waste energy and increase cost if you don't have to? 

I was happily surprised to see Bob go with a dark finish to his hardwood floors. An installer tip he shared was to make sure that your oak floors are wet before applying the stain. So first mop the floor, then apply to achieve the dark, rich color seen here. Bob shares the good and bad, "I love how it looks but it does require more care because the dark color shows everything." The modern bath appliances are from the lovely Ikea... 

The mantle is a beautiful piece and I like the roughness of it. In fact it's rough sawn western red cedar. Bob purchased one big block of wood for this but realized later he could of really cut down on cost if he only used the red cedar for the exterior. The inside could have been a much cheaper block of wood. A good lesson learned, and passed on...

Overall, Bob is quite content with his new home. With the guest rooms downstairs and his master bed and bath on the same floor as his office and main living area, he's loving the flow and feel of the house, as well as his decision to create a more modern, sleek home that's energy efficient and best suited to his lifestyle.  

And we can't forget Bass, Bob's young pup. He's loving his fashionable new doggie door and spacious backyard. After Bass picked his favorite spot to lie inside the house, Bob placed his bed and water bowl there. Home sweet home...

 

Photos: chrislittlephotography.com   Additional photos and Content: Sweet Peach