Maine Licensed Architect ARC580, NCARB Certificate

207-882-6305      james@schildrotharchitect.com
J A M E S   S C H I L D R O T H  A S S O C I A T E S,   A R C H I T E C T S

Maine + Florida + West Virginia+ Arizona

Now working with clients in Portland, Freeport and St. George, Orono, Maine and Florida.

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Construction layout started at the site 8/18/2008 with move in day 11/12/2009.

Construction completed under budget and ahead of schedule in 14 months.

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Completed house.  The solar thermal collector array on the south roof.  The granite terrace is both open sun and covered shaded area.  The view from this side of the house is south toward the ocean. 

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Southwest side view from the car court showing PV array.  There is a guest apartment above the garage with separate entry just to the right of the garage doors.  The entrance to the main house is to the right under a sheltering roof.  The ocean view is to the right.  

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November 2009 

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Solar Systems used in the Freeport House

The solar thermal provides domestic hot water and supplemental space heat. The collector array on the south roof consists of 160 Apricus evacuated tubes. The array is mounted at 60 degrees to horizontal to optimize performance for space heating. Two 160 gallon Stiebel Eltron dual coil tanks are used to store the thermal energy for domestic hot water and for space heat.

There is a 5.4 kW Photovoltaic array on the southwest roof of the  house consisting of (24)  225 watt Sunpower modules.   The modules feed power into a Sunpower 5000 watt inverter. The inverter will feed roughly 6200 kilo-watt hours of electricity per year into the house and/or the power grid.

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List of the contractors and material suppliers that have built this house click on the link below.

Click here to see list of subcontractors that have worked on this fine house.

The renderings below done in the concept phase as we   show the design much like it will be in the completed house.  You be the judge.  The design is always improved as the process continues from concept through Design Development, Construction Drawings and during continuous over seeing by this architect during the construction of each house. 

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VIEW FROM THE SOUTHEAST Rendering by Richard Eskelund


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VIEW FROM THE SOUTHWEST     Rendering by Richard Eskelund using the CAD program Chief Architect

This house is solar orientated to take full advantage of the sun as are all my designs.   The living spaces on the ground level as well as the three bedrooms on the second level will have sunlight all day long.   The units near the ridge are hot water collectors and will provide much of the space heating system for the house.  This will also provide domestic hot water. 

The modules along the parapet and under the second floor windows are PV ( Grid Tied Photovoltaic System) and will provide much of the electrical needs for the house. 

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VIEW FROM THE NORTHEAST                 Rendering by Richard Eskelund

The north side of this house is designed to minimize the detail and reduce the exposed wall area.  The earth is bermed up three feet on this side to the widow sills.  This reduces the exposed wall and reduces the scale of the house.   The roof rafters spring from the second floor and the windows on this side are all roof windows or skylights.  We like to use Velux roof windows and have since 1972.  The roof rafters are 11 7/8 inches deep and provide more depth of insulation than a wall.  The idea here is both energy saving design as well as keeping the North side of the house simple and less costly.   We put all the windows on the South side which is also the direction of the best view and this gets the house solar gain in the Winter.   The proper over hang on the south side protects the glass from too much solar gain in the Summer.     

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