2016 RDC Georgie Award Winning Homes
RDC Fine Homes
The CHBA BC put on a fantastic show and we were thrilled to have won 2 Georgie Awards on Friday Night!
RDC Fine Homes won in the following categories:
- 2016 - Best Certified Home, Production - Crumpit
- 2016 - Best Single Family Kitchen under $100,000 - Fairway
Here is a recap of our winning project entries:
We are very proud to present our entry in Best Certified Production Home. This was a home we built to sell in the new Crumpit Woods subdivision in Squamish British Columbia. We were thrilled when this home sold just 10 days after the 1st open house.
What make this home particularly special for us at RDC is that it was one of our 1st homes to be certified as a Holmes Approved Homes.
I hope you enjoy the description and photos below.
Sensitivity to site conditions and surrounding environments
As this home was built in a new Squamish subdivision, there were few challenges in siting the home. The design was focused on minimizing the street presence and optimizing the amazing view south towards Howe Sound and The Chief. The large south facing All Weather windows beautifully captures the views and provide wonderful natural lighting.
The home is nestled into a forest setting adjacent to a covenanted green space area; this lends a feel of privacy and serenity to what is otherwise a relatively dense neighborhood.
Construction practices and details of certification program chosen
The home has an EnerGuide rating of 85 and a tested air tightness of under 1.3 air changes per hour. The south west orientation of the home allowed for a passive solar design optimizing winter heat gains from the low sun angle. The home has a ducted Eneready Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV).
This was one of our 1st Holmes Approved Homes and achieved a Tier 2 certification. We were thrilled to have Mike and his Team visit us twice during the construction to help promote the befits of a Holmes Approved Home.
Energy Efficient Construction
The home is constructed to achieve high effective insulation values for the walls, windows, foundation and roof. An effective insulation value is the measure of thermal performance of the assembly as built rather than the R value that is advertised on the insulation package. For example, a bag of fiberglass insulation might advertise itself as having an R20 rating; when the insulation is placed in a wall and the reduced insulation value of the wood framing is considered the overall insulation value will drop to R16.
Effective insulation construction assemblies as follows:
- Wall – 6.5 inch Insulspan Structurally Insulated Panels with an additional R14 fiberglass insulation layer on the inside. giving an effective value of R30
- Roof – 8 inches of BASF WALL TITE spray foam for about an effective R value of R40
- Windows – All Weather Windows double glazed windows for an effective value of R 4
- Foundation – Logix ICF concrete forms, for an effective R value of R22
- Under-slab – 3 inches of spray foam insulation for an effective R value of R12
- R 40 Fortruss floor forming system for the garage floor creating a low cost auxiliary suite below
- A Quiet Mitsubishi cold climate heat pump for heating and cooling rated to -19 c
Innovation and design
Our goal when designing the home was to create both an efficient use of space and an efficient design that was easy and low cost to build. Designing an efficient layout allowed us to build a smaller home that feels much bigger. The savings from the simplified design allowed us to improve the effective insulation values, install the state of the art Mitsubishi cold climate heat pump and finish the home with quality fixtures, finishes and cabinets. Some of the features we are most proud of include:
- Open concept main living area with 10 foot ceilings and a spacious entrance with ample storage
- Great room design with living areas on main floor connected to spacious outdoor living space with great views
- Wide plank laminate throughout
- Spacious kitchen boasting a large double sided work island, Caesarstone Waterfall counter top with eating bar, slide out pantry, multiple pot drawers, full height wine rack
- High window installation in dining area allows natural daylight, peekaboo view of sky, maintains privacy
- Lower floor bedrooms have 9’ ceilings, a cozy master suite with magnificent views and a private patio, large ensuite with soaker tub, walk in glass shower, double sink vanity, two other bedrooms with shared bath, laundry and mechanical room
It has been some time since we have had an entry in the luxury kitchen category so it is exciting to get this beautiful kitchen through to the finals. As you can see this is a more traditional design with the antique cabinet finish and coffered ceilings. This Whistler home meets our high standards for indoor air quality and energy efficiency; even with over 60% glazing on the west elevation the home comes in with an EnerGuide rating of 80 and a tested air change of 1.1 Air Changes per Hour (ACH).
Functional design elements
The kitchen acts as a transition point between the spacious entrance and the open concept family room, dining, living and outdoor space; the large windows and doors connect to the outdoors creating a lofty forest feel. The L-shaped design and large island creates an easy work triangle and connects visually to the entire floor and the beautiful outdoor living area.
The corner of the L hides a walk in pantry concealed by a pocket door designed to look like the cabinets. The large island alternates as an informal eating and conversation area, and prep surface; it is complemented with bar stools chosen with lower backs to maintain sight lines to the living areas and back to the kitchen windows. The design includes lots of storage with roll out shelving and big pot drawers.
Unique Design Elements
The coffered ceiling was designed and constructed to disguise plumbing, wiring and ventilation runs and sets the tone for the traditional look and feel of the space. The lowered appearance of the coffered ceiling creates a cozy feel without having to drop the entire ceiling keeping an overall feel of height and spaciousness. The backslash windows between the counter and upper cabinets allow a glimpse of green space and abundant natural light.
The custom range hood provided great ventilation and allowed for convenient concealed storage above; a microwave is neatly hidden under the counter of the island allowing easy access for all family members large and small.
The niche provided by the stair design complements the overall look and feel of the kitchen by offering up a protected area for a signature art piece.
Choice of Materials
The chalked maple doors complemented by white Tarantino granite on the island and black Hymex counter tops set the tone for the look and feel of the space. The GE Monogram dishwasher and refrigerator are clad with integrated cabinet faces to blend in with the overall design and the undermount Blanco sink with gooseneck faucet provide a sleek look for this functional work area.
Gourmet cooking is made easy with a full surface induction cooktop an AEG steam convection oven, and wall oven. Lighting is strategic to brighten key work areas and was located using a ratio of room height to the location of specific art pieces; light switches were installed at wheelchair height to satisfy future aging in place and to enable easy placement of art on the walls.
Crown moldings for the ceilings and wide plank Hickory floor finish off the overall traditional feel
Environmental Considerations Including Energy Efficiency
As you would expect from and RDC home the kitchen is found in a high-performance home with the following attributes:
- 1.1 Air Changes with an EnerGuide rating of 80
- LED lighting
- Low VOC materials used throughout
- Construction waste recycled where possible
- Insulspan SIP panel walls with Logix ICF Foundation
- Mitsubishi cold climate heat pump
- Triple pane Energy Star Euroline Windows
- Energy Star appliances
Posted: Monday, March 14, 2016