1227 Rebel Hill, 1227 Rebel Hill Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428
|3 Beds||2 Baths||2,200 Sq Ft|
Our first attempt at an accessible, efficient and comfortable home…
The 1227 home, also known as the Loudon House came out of the starting gate as a thesis paper at the University of Central Florida in 1986. After a number of years on the back burner, in 2002, we started construction and by 2004 Horizon House had clients in in all 3 suites.
Here’s what’s special about 1227.
..Accessibility: We covered all of the bases by hiring a female architect who had won a national “aging in place” contest back in the early 2000’s. Caroline designed for the needs of tenants with different level of delay and movement by engineering in an elevator, usable thresholds, wide doorways, sunlit areas, pensive bathrooms and sensible kitchen planning.
.. Radiant Heat. In the winter time, because our heat source is buried in Gypcrete (2nd Fl) and concrete (1st Floor), the embodied mass along with the finished tile flooring yields a super comfortable home with 80 degree floors and warm furniture. During January, for sure, it’s one of the most comfortable homes in West Conshy!
.. Air conditioning. In terms of cooling, we installed window air conditioners in the home that are fairly efficient. In the next few years, we will be replacing the window units with ultra efficient, very quiet mini split air conditioners that will also act as a back up heat source.
.. Boiler. The heat and backup hot water heater is delivered by a Munchkin evaporative boiler. It is pretty efficient yet when we replace it, we’re going to put the old fashion boiler which may use a tad bit more fuel yet rarely ever needs service…
.. Hot water heating: Our primary means of heating water is via the sun by way of a 2 panel roof mounted solar thermal system. Utilizing the sun has saved Horizon somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 to 50 dollars per month. Over 15 years, that’s a whole lot of carbon that did not go into the atmosphere.
.. Solar Panels. The house also has a small solar PV system that yields somewhere in the neighborhood of $1000 per year in energy savings. Although this 15 year old system is not a big difference maker, it comes to work every day and makes a small impact on our air quality.
Location: when we located the house, we turned the long side of the home so it faces directly south. With a southern orientation, during sunny days, living in the Loudon house is similar to sitting on Clearwater Beach. Yes, lots of bright sunlight!
Structure: The first floor structure is constructed with Superior Wall panels. The second floor is framed with 2×6’s and stuffed with insulation.