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Design: Solarium at Wheaton Labs: Design Conversation

 
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I'm remembering that if you have water dripping off a roof, it will splash up about 18" onto nearby walls.  If they're logs, they'll likely rot.  I know the local stone is more like crumbly rock, but I wonder if it could be used as a facade for the lower two feet?  

Here's a visual of the splashback (I believe the gutters were added later):


Wooden exterior is cool, especially if the overhang is enough to protect it from the weather.  Unless that isn't an issue in MT due to low humidity?  Board and batten (as on the willow bank or in the picture above), done vertically could be a nice look next to the doors.

The downhill edge of the roof will pour rainwater into that planting bed.  Great for plants, but the splashback will constantly get those windows dirty.  Maybe a gutter to direct the rain and then feed it to the bed would work.

 
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Thanks, Mike;

The overhangs currently are about:
- 2'-0" on the East/West sides
- 0'-10" on the South side

That's a good call on the board and batten siding, and the cleaning issue of the windows near the hops planting area.
 
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I'm realizing I need to re-state the major design objectives as I understand them, for my own benefit; to verify/re-focus/re-orient:

- Turn the unlivable garage into actually nice dormitory housing
- Part of this is creating a solarium to replace the garage door
- The solarium addition must be constructable in about a week
- The solarium addition must be a prime example of natural building
- Construction tolerances are 'mouse-tight', not 'ziploc-bag'
- Extra thermal mass is needed to temper the environment, some will be provided by a new RMH
 
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This picture from Josiah's brk thread has my wheels turning:

 
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