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LEED BD+C: Homes v3 - LEED 2008

Live Oak House

445 Ocean Vista Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32080
United States
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LEED Platinum 2017

The Live Oak House was inspired by both the local vernacular and Charleston’s Single Houses which were constructed one room wide and several rooms long to allow the breezes to flow through unencumbered, effectively combatting both heat and humidity. “It’s basically just a central hallway/datum extending in the north/south direction with an arm extending off of either end and forming a courtyard around a central oak tree”.

The simple elegance of this 2,000 sf home that blends so perfectly the character of both the old and "new" St. Augustine, incorporating locally sourced materials, large porch areas and a steeply sloped roof (all aesthetics/design features of buildings in the area)—not to mention the boldness and care in siting it on a 48 foot wide site around and featuring a 75-year-old Live Oak tree. The casual observer might also miss the second most striking architectural feature of the Live Oak House; its windows. Peering out of the kitchen/dining room window, where one’s cheeks quickly cool from the breezy Atlantic wind, an adult visitor can nearly stand head to toe in the huge windows and absorb the majestic landscape. Buffeted by the wind and swept away with the dramatic views, one realizes that the windows are what this house is all about. They showcase the grandeur of the island, the beauty of the site and the history of St. Augustine.

The Live Oak House has been touted as one of the “greenest” homes in northeast Florida, with certifications including LEED-Platinum, FGBC Platinum, and Florida Water Star Gold. The home’s green features include passive solar lighting, an Energy Star HERS Index of 50, an Energy Recovery Ventilator-incorporated heating/cooling system, and low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, adhesives and sealants. Hot water insulation and air filtering exceed building code requirements. All bathrooms and the garage have an enhanced local exhaust fan that operates on a timed interval. Additionally, all bathrooms incorporate water conservation with WaterSense toilets, faucets and showers. The landscape features unirrigated, drought-tolerant grass, site-appropriate landscaping, and a 100-percent permeable lot to maximize absorption of stormwater and reduce runoff into the adjacent Salt Run, a fishing and paddling hotspot.

The live oak tree, which we worked to preserve, protect and feature, provides shade to the home and a unique retreat for the courtyard. The roots of the tree continue to grow below the elevated home which add to the overall beauty of the home.

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Project details
Size
2,396 sf
Certified
5 May 2017
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