Salt Lake City, Utah
A retiring law professor at the University of Utah, his wife and mother-in-law requested Pollard Architects to design a 3- bedroom residence which would provide privacy and at the same time, take full advantage of the site which was in a nearby canyon close to the University of Utah. Due to the snow capacity in these higher elevations, we chose to reduce the amount of driveway and keep shoveling to a minimum and take full use of its orientation on the site to attempt a net zero residence, with solar and radiant floors on both levels. The site looks north east and is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac. We minimized the footprint and impact on the site with cantilevering much of the upper (main) level, and stairway. There was also an active pool requested for the lower level, covered from the snow in the winter, at the same time maximizing views and sunlight and shade in the winter.