1 1/2 story farmhouse in British Columbia
Hi, I’m looking for some thoughts on our current design for our 2000 sqft home.
The house will be located in SW coastal British Columbia. The winters here are pretty mild, with overnight lows dropping down to about -5C for a couple weeks in December/January. It rains a lot and has very little sun for about 4 months of the year. To take advantage of the view, the plans were originally drawn up for the house to face north and sit in the SW corner of our 2 acre lot. We’ve since decided to move the location to the east and just south of the center line and have the house face south. The footprint will remain the same however the Living/Dining/Kitchen will be rearranged. The areas to the east and west of the house is mostly cleared farmland, the treeline to the south will be about 50′ away but there are significant openings to allow for the sun to enter at various points throughout the day.
Unfortunately this whole process with the architect hasn’t been enjoyable. I love the look of this house but my desire to build a simple, efficient building hasn’t panned out.
The house is approximately 40′ at its widest and is approximately 43′ long. My biggest concern at this point are the large overhangs ( 7′ on the W, 8′ on the E and 6′ on the south). The architect argues that the house will receive lots of light but I have some doubts about this. Am I crazy or will this house be dark year-round? Or will enough diffuse light enter even on those cloudy winter days?
Any thoughts are appreciated.