Ultra-Efficient Show Home Targets Downsizers

Live in Michigan‘s metro-Detroit area? Interested in downsizing from a giant 5,000-square-foot home to something a little more cozy (and energy efficient)? The 2011 Idea Show Home designed by Dominic Tringali Architects in Shelby Township may be right up your alley.

Designed to accommodate those transitioning from larger homes to homes that are smaller, more affordable and more energy efficient – but with “the same quality and luxury trends found in larger homes” – this new show home features open gathering spaces for family and entertaining, and a presentation-style kitchen that forms the hub of the ground floor, surrounded by “flexible space for modern living.” Another highlight: a courtyard in the center of the ground floor, built to extend the living space into the outdoors.

2011 Idea Show Home

image via Idea Show Home

The home is also built to function at least 50 percent more efficiently than homes built 10 years ago (presumably the age of the home those in the home’s target market are presently vacating).  It features geothermal heating and cooling, drought-resistant landscaping and low-flow irrigation. Sustainable and locally sourced materials were used throughout the home during construction.

The home is now open to the public with regularly scheduled tours. More information on the 2011 Idea Show Home and public tours of the home is available online.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.