Winter Park, Florida proved to be an ideal site for Bill Cook Luxury Homes to showcase “The Oasis,” a new two-story residential property highlighted with natural interior daylight. Although multi-million dollar homes are the area’s standard, this property is 100 feet wide by 150 feet deep, larger than what is typical. The facade of the home was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and the interior is a blend of modern and traditional elements using natural materials.
LaPiana said the venting feature of the skylights, designed to allow heat and VOCs throughout the house to exit while letting fresh air in, would be a “nice supplemental way to get rid of any cooking odors or steam smoke” in the kitchen.
“Mainly, I wanted the skylights to light up that space and punch through the envelope, and see some daylight,” says James LaPiana, an architect with The Evans Group, the firm that designed the home. “Otherwise, you feel like you’re walking into something that has no exit, visually.”
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The single-story house, with 240 feet of prime footage facing Lake Michigan, was originally built in 1956 to serve as a goose hunting cabin. Choosing to add on to the existing structure rather than demolish and rebuild, the homeowners began extensive modifications and additions soon after purchasing the home.
At the direction of the owners, the architect designed an atrium enclosed with a ceiling of skylights. The architect specified fourteen 4’ by 4’ curb-mounted, solar-powered venting VELUX skylights. The room also features a bank of sliding-glass doors and large windows.
Due to a chimney effect, the open skylights draw fresh air through the windows and doors from the lake and cools the house. This minimizes the need for air conditioning.
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“It makes the room look even more open and airy,” said the homeowner. “It makes you feel good to have all that light, and to be able to see the sky. You don’t feel so closed in.”