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Shayan House

San Diego, CA


San Diego Home Tours, Day 2
Sunday, November 11, 2012


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Sustainability and multigenerational living combine seamlessly for LEED Gold.

After a rigorous engineering process, architect Soheil Nakhshab built the LEED Gold–certified Shayan House in less than a year on a lot that sat vacant for years, long considered unbuildable due to its slope. Nakhshab solved the site puzzle by dividing the lot and adding a curved driveway, at the apex of which now sits the top floor of the bi-level home, which was finished this year. The structure springs off the upslope toward the canyon below yet belies its 5,000-square-foot size nestling comfortably among the neighboring houses.

“The Shayan House was constructed to be 43 percent more energy efficient than required by California standards,” says Nakhshab. He installed rooftop photovoltaic panels that provide a sizable annual energy offset and added Low-E floor-to-ceiling windows, a cross-ventilation system, and Energy Star–rated lighting. He filled the home with mid-century modern furnishings found in antiques shops and on Craigslist. “This property also gains unique aspects from the reversed floor plan and the multiple living spaces designed to suit the needs of three generations,” adds Nakhshab.

About the Architect


Thumb Soheil Nakhshab
Nakhshab Development & Design
soheil@nddinc.net

http://nddinc.net/


Soheil’s interest in building design began at a young age, as his father is a high-rise developer and structural engineer and his mother is an interior designer. Having family involved in the building industry pushed Soheil to begin working at an architecture firm while he was still in high school and allowed him to complete his first design‐build project at the age of 17. When it was time for him to declare a major in college, Soheil opted for engineering because he knew having an engineering background would be invaluable to his future design projects.

Since receiving his engineering degree from San Diego State University, Soheil has been involved in designing projects from hospitals, to schools, to multi‐family housing projects. His true passion, however, is designing and building single‐family residences and the Shayan House is a testament to that passion. The house showcases many of Soheil’s areas of interest and expertise including sustainable design and construction and his affinity for mid‐century architecture.




Collaborators


Metal Finishes: Eterna Metal Works (619) 449-2797

Mechanical: Tarpy Heating and Air

Countertops: Caesarstone

Oven: Dacor

Cooktop: KitchenAid

Local artisans and craftsmen also collaborated on the home to create the custom walnut kitchen cabinets, staircase and other custom and metal elements (Jason Spakes).

Of Note:
The two-level home was constructed to be 43% more energy efficient than required by California standards. This was achieved through the use of numerous green building techniques and materials including:
- Twenty-one rooftop photovoltaic solar panels that supply a 39.6% annual energy offset.
- Extensive thermal features, including state of the art formaldehyde-free insulation, a cool roof system, Low-E coated windows and cross ventilation.
- Materials with sustainable finishes, such as concrete flooring, concrete block walls, and 25% recycled content drywall.
- Low VOC paint throughout the house.
- 91% Energy Star-rated lighting package along with energy saving motion sensors in most rooms.
- Energy Star-rated appliances and low flow toilets and faucets.
- 100% drought tolerant landscaping planted with native species.
- Zoned HVAC system for maximized efficiency.
- Tank-less water heater and re-circulating plumbing system.


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