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passive-solar home

"Design with Nature"

The Giese Residence is a passive-solar home in Quitman MS.  Passive solar design allows strategic large areas of glass without negatively impacting energy-efficiency.  The two-story volume is designed to receive solar gain in the wintertime and prohibit it during the summer using sheltering overhangs.  Inexpensive windows and interior finishes allow the winter solar gain to warm the interior gradually through the nighttime hours and reduce utility costs throughout the year, bathing the interior in natural light and allowing uninterrupted views of nature.

Design Drawings
Giese Residence, Quitman MS

super-insulated passive-solar SIP home

"SIP Superhome"

The Swain Residence is a passive-solar structural-insulated-panel (SIP) home in Oxford MS.  SIPs are continuous expanded polystyrene foam sandwiched between plywood or OSB to create a super-insulated home.  First floor wall panels are nominally 20cm(8") thick, second floor wall panels are 14cm(6") thick, and the roof panels are 25cm(10") thick.  Specialized south-facing windows with sheltering overhangs allow direct solar gain only during wintertime when the sun rides lower in the sky while daylighting the home year-round for substantial energy savings.  The 250m^2(2,700sf) home operates on less than 3 tons of HVAC and has utility bills averaging less than $120 per month.

Design Drawings
Swain Residence, Oxford MS

passive-solar home addition

"Backyard Cathedral"

The Wedge Residence is an 82m^2(880sf) back-yard addition which actually lowered the utility bills through passive-solar design strategies.  The original home was not insulated adequately to handle the summer heat gain on the West-facing rear facade, and the original windows were not sufficient quality to manage the winter heat-loss.  The pasive-solar addition acted as a buffer zone, capturing daytime heat in the slab and radiating it gradually at nighttime as the ambient temperature is falling.  In the winter that provides much-needed heat to the main home to mitigate heat-loss, and in the summer that shifts the peak cooling load to the evening allowing the HVAC system to be dramatically downsized.  The addition is bathed in sunlight year-round and the wall of glass allows views of nature while actually enhancing energy efficiency.

Design Drawings
Wedge Residence, Oxford MS

Missionary-Baptist Association building

"We Gather Together ..."

The Mt. Olive - Bethel Harmony Association building is a 923m^2(10,000sf) multipurpose building in Louisville MS, which serves as a gathering space for more than 30 Missionary Baptist Churches.  The original assembly building was built in 2009, and carried off in a 2012 tornado.  Working with Webco Enterprises LLC, we were able to construct the new building for the same cost as the original but as a multi-purpose building that met the Association's needs much better in their desire to minister to the beautiful community that rose again with them as they rebuilt ... together.

Design Drawings
Mt. Olive - Bethel Harmony Association, Louisville MS

Memphis barbecue

"the Tin Can"

The Griffin Family Restaurant "the Tin Can" is a barbecue restaurant in South Memphis.  The 63m^s(680sf) metal building seats 49, plus front and rear porches seating an additional 55 and a drive-through window, all within a construction budget of $225,000.  Opening soon!

Design Drawings
Griffin Family Restaurant "the Tin Can," Memphis TN

Missionary-Baptist church

"A New Hopewell"

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church is a 600m^2(6,480sf) church in Greenville MS.  After their original building burned down in 2015, the bid for replacing the church with a building that would meet their needs for worship, education, food service and fellowship were above $500,000.  By designing with metal building construction, we were able to provide an inspiring architectural solution that met all those needs within their $315,000 budget, with future balcony space to grow as their congregation rebuilds in new hope.

Design Drawings
Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Greenville MS