Caterpillar House

Caterpillar House

At 2,800 square feet, the Caterpillar house is modestly sized compared to other homes in the Carmel area. Its elongated east-west footprint maximizes passive solar orientation while offering a nod to its ranch-house inspiration. “A great combination of performance and style,” the jury said.

Caterpillar House

The south-facing roof over the living room/dining room/kitchen provides space for the 8-kW solar array, while the slope opens up the room to northern views.

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Rammed-earth walls on the exterior and interior are shaded to remain cool in the summer; in winter, the sun warms the walls, which slowly release heat into the home.

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The 27,300-gallon rainwater collection system accommodates all of the property's irrigation needs.

Caterpillar House

Opening glass walls provide a deep indoor-outdoor connection while promoting cross-ventilation.

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The kitchen includes Energy Star-rated appliances, custom cabinetry made with FSC-certified white oak, and recycled-content composite quartz countertops.

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The house was built on 35% fly ash footings with FSC-certified 24-inch-o.c. wood framing.

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Caterpillar House floor plan

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Caterpillar House elevations

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Caterpillar House solar and ventilation diagrams

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