Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Beachaus II on Columbia Ave. by inHaus Development & Pb Elemental Design
September 16th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: inHaus Development
Distinctly sexy, and functionally chic. high quality construction with exclusive ﬁnishes, and planned from the ground up to include the best ultra-efficient energy saving technology on the market. Beachaus II was designed for your active lifestyle, inspired by the modern beachfront homes that dot the California coastline.
Designed for active living, and built to last – this ultra modern 2000 sqft 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home includes a large separate office/studio space and stunning bright principle spaces. Located less that 200m from Semiahmoo Bay, Beachaus II is the ultimate home for active “smart” living in this vibrant White Rock East Beach community.
Beachaus I & II are the first independently certified LEED sustainable homes to be built in the White Rock / South Surrey area, and both homes have been carefully planned from the ground up to be the most efficient, livable and intelligent homes around.
Each home has been inspected and verified through every stage of planning and construction to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of the CAGBC’s LEED program. Upon completion, each will receive a final rating that will be permanently recorded by the Canadian Green Building Council.
This is your opportunity to live in one of the smartest, and most efficient homes in Western Canada – this is beach house living at its best….
SMART & SUSTAINABLE
Carbonized strand-woven bamboo hardwoods Custom concrete & steel open staircase Oversize entry with seating & porcelain tile LEED® Certified + Energuide Rated Xerscape low-mainenance landscaping HEPA filtered HRV air-exchange system Fiberglass Premium Dual pane Low-E windows Premium Control4 Smarthome Automation System Integrated in-wall Apple iPad® touch controller Wireless martphone remote operation Smart Wiring/ Cat-5 / HDMI throughout In-floor radiant hydronic heating thoughout Air-to-water Heat exchange system Greenroof system w/integrated moisture sensors Circuit level energy usage monitoring system Soy based Spray foam insulation Integraded rainwater harvesting system On-demand gas contemporary fireplace (house I) Prewired automatic blind system Automatic perable skylights (w/rain sensors) Private Rooftop decks with lighting, gas & water
FSC Certified Walnut/Wenge solid wood cabinetry Soft close drawers, solid wood boxes 1.5″ quartz (ceaserstone) countertops Custom quartz “waterfall” island Recessed & designer pendant lighting Integrated audio system & built in speakers Bosch Professional 36″ Gas Cooktop Professional wall-mount 36” range hood (house I) Self-hiding downdraft Island Range Fan (house II) Bosch Professional 30″ Wall mount conv. Oven Bosch Wall mount Microwave oven Bosch Ultra silent tall-tub dishwasher Professional Kitchen Faucet & Sprayer In sink- aerator with hidden deck mount button Custom built-in “display” cabinets w/lighting Xenon under cabinet task lighting
Oversize walk-in closet with 12′ ceilings Integrated audio/built in speaker system 12′ high glass shower with wall & hand showerPremium Kohler Archer soaker tub (house I) Free-standing “deep” soaker tub (house II) Wall mounted faucets & designer pendant lighting Prewired for digital & entertainment devices One-touch “whole home” control switch system Separate “water closet” with automatic ventilation On-demand gas contemporary fireplace (house I) Custom poured concrete dual master vanity (house II)
Custom FSC cert. walnut/wenge floating vanity Dual Flush Kohler toilet Unique modern backlit mirror Quartz countertop and vessel sink Contemporary “water saver” faucet Occupancy sensors and automatic ventilation
SECOND & THIRD BEDROOM
Built in custom walnut wardrobes Wired for cat5 / high-speed data Prewired for audio/video & built in speakers Optional built-in media centre cabinetry Bonus: Jack & Jill washroom w/full size koher tub
10′ high overheight ceilings Polished concrete floors Private entry with street access Separate washroom facilities Wired for cat5 / high-speed data ADDITIONAL FEATURES Large hall closet with lighting Ultra-efficient laundry with steam-dry Recessed exterior lighting on front & sides Built in exterior stair lighting
LIVE SMART. NOT LARGE.
function as “one”, you can dramatically increasing the operating efficiency and reduce the environmental impact and energy usage of the home.
Our home automation systems go one step further by not only adjusting to your schedule changes automatically, but controlling both your heating, air conditioning, and lighting simultaneously, from a single interface. Our motto is “Live Smart, Not Large” and the homes at the BeachHaus project will be by far the smartest homes in the White Rock area.
A study for the American Lighting Association determined that household lighting accounts for 12-15% of the average household’s utility bill. An even more frightening statistic suggests that of the electricity annually used for lighting in North America, up to 50% is wasted due to inefficient lighting sources and lighting unoccupied spaces.
A smart home combines preprogrammed dimmers, timers and occupancy sensors to manage the lighting systems, maximizing efficient usage while you are at home, and saving energy while you are away. With these controls managing a typical 3-bedroom home, over 850 pounds of CO2 emissions could be eliminated each year, from your lighting systems alone! That savings in emissions roughly equates to not driving a car for over a month!
You can get even more savings on your electrical bill by controlling the wattage used by the light bulbs you currently have. These dimming devices use less electricity, extend bulb life, and add extra flexibility to create a wonderful aesthetic in your home. Dimming your bulbs by 25% can reduce consumption by 20% and quadruples the lifespan of your bulbs.
Heating & Cooling
A smart home system allows you to maximum energy efficiency based on the seasons, by programming your shades (blinds) and thermostat to automatically adjust for time of day or outside temperature. In a home that is optimized for passive solar heating, a smart system is an integral part of keeping the home both efficient, and comfortable, without the need for energy-hungry artificial heating and cooling systems. The smart home system also allows easy access to your home’s controls, even from your smartphone.
The features and convenience of a smart home system not only end up saving the owners money and energy, they also can integrate a seamless audio & video experience into their day to day life. Built in speakers, centralized media storage, and themed presets that work in conjunction with your lighting controls and other systems bring a whole new level of comfort to the home.
At the touch of a button, your home can dim the lights, close the blinds, start the fire, and begin playing the perfect movie on a Saturday night. Perhaps you are entertaining? Switch over to the entertaining mode, and soft, quality music fills the home, while the lights dim in all of the important spots. A smart home is so much more than efficiency and energy savings, it is also about improving the lives of the homes’ owners as they live in their space.
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