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OFF GRID RETREAT in Appalachian Ohio by Midland Architecture
May 2nd, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Midland Architecture
This 900 square foot off grid retreat, situated on the family’s cattle farm in Appalachian Ohio, blends old and new technologies to create a self-sustaining home. South facing glazing in the living room provides views across a seven acre lake, and is also integral to the passive solar design which generates heat when coupled with the concrete finish floors. Additional sustainable features include a fresh water cistern supplied by a natural spring that runs along the building site; electricity generated by a solar cell array; and spray foam insulated walls and ceilings. The exterior is clad with a Corten metal standing seam roof and burnt cedar siding with Douglas fir columns. The interior layout features two bedrooms and a single bath, along with a great room and kitchen.
Background on project:
My dad for years wanted to build a cabin at this specific site on the family farm (my parents operate a cattle farm outside of St. Clairsville, Ohio). So on his birthday in 2012, I presented this design to him as his present. We built it over the winter of 2013 and through the spring/summer of 2014. I served as the contractor, and we hired help to get it constructed.
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