Swatt | Miers Architects Collaboration With Method Homes
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As part of its effort to provide sustainable homes, Method Homes launched the Simpatico Series designed by Swatt Miers Architects. These California modular homes use an innovative module system and true net zero energy homes.
Simpatico aims to blend their homes with the landscape, allow for flexible living and address complicated issues that come with urban living.
The module design allows for quicker, more efficient and more environmentally-friendly construction.
A few options are available through Method Homes
as part of their series of homes.
Miers provides architecture, interior design, planning and facility programming
services. The architecture firm is the result of the merging of two
well-established San Francisco Bay firms: Swatt Architects and George Miers and
Associates, Architects and Planners.
The goal of
the firm is to produce homes that are both beautiful and sustainable.
Swatt and George Miers have been in the business for more than 40 years.
The Simpatico series celebrates the great outdoors by bringing nature inside and maximizing the use of natural daylight. The homes in this series use a unique system of modules, and every home starts as a net-zero energy home. The solar voltaic system is included in the base price of every home.
The modular construction of Simpatico Homes is handled by Eco Offsite, Inc.
cost of a Simpatico home includes:
Courtyard House was designed as a kit with multiple parts customized to the
client’s needs. Buyers can start out with the 3-module and 2-site-built-part
home, or they can build their home incrementally as needed.
offers ample opportunity for indoor/outdoor living, and the site-built
components allow buyers to have taller spaces if they wish. Buyers can also
choose an upgraded version with more glazing and a wooden entry wall window.
five variations of this model:
variations of the home have an open kitchen, laundry room and a family room.
provided for each individual module component:
Courtyard Home allows for true flexibility in home design and the ability to
expand your living space in the future with minimal cost and disturbance thanks
to the modular design.
(site costs are not included in this price)
House is a Prototype Home that sits on a narrow lot in an urban neighborhood.
The goal with this home was to show off the flexibility and the potential of
the Simpatico module system.
House features a passive solar design that gives the home an eye-catching
design while maximizing natural daylight. The modular home also provides a
360-degree panoramic view of the area from the roof deck.
A net zero
energy home, the 2-Story House seeks an LEED Platinum rating, which is the
Some of the
materials used in this prototype home include:
of the 2-Story House is that it offers a truly flexible design and can easily
fit in complicated lots, including those narrow lots commonly found in urban
areas. The 2-bedroom, 3-bath home has a great room, home office, an additional
study/sleeping loft area, and a 2-car tandem garage. The home consists of six
mods that provides up to 3,600 square feet of living space.
ground level modules are built in a factory, while the garage and sunken family
room are built on-site. The roof of the home has room for solar panels, a roof
deck and a stair tower module.
To achieve the net-zero energy design designation, the home features a 6.2 kw solar panel array, hydronic radiant heating, a rainwater catchment system and a living green roof. An electric heat pump combined with energy-efficient appliance and fixtures helps maximize energy conservation.
designed to achieve the LEED Platinum for Homes rating, produces enough
electricity that it sells energy back to the grid.
The 2-Story prototype house is located in
Emeryville, California, and it is occupied by the founder of Simpatico Homes,
Simpatico Homes cost approximately $150 per
square foot, and they take about six months to complete.