Manna House


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Manna House
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Sustainable Systems and Green Materials

Sustainable Systems and Green Materials
1) Photovoltaic solar energy system
2) Grey water recycling system – takes water from the -bathroom sinks and showers, and the washing machine, filtering it and pumping it to the fruit trees in the garden
3) Rain water collection system
4) Passive Cooling – uses low windows on the windward side and high windows on the leeward side of the house. Cross ventilation is maximized by eliminating most of the interior walls and aligning windows and sliding glass doors. Ceiling fans are distributed across the ceiling to move the warm air out when there is no natural breeze.
5) In order to reduce the size of the house, we used efficient efficient custom storage system of movable shelves and cabinets runs through the length of the house. This allows for a smaller, but smarter building.
6) Natural Daylighting – uses interior clerestory windows and transoms to allow all of the rooms to borrow light from each other.

1) recycled flooring for the first structure, patched together and left roughly finished.
2) plywood floors for the second structure
3) Ceilings of both structures are plywood, cut into horizontal boards.
4) Composite decking made of recycled content.
5) All of the Interior doors are made of recycled flooring from the existing house
6) Poured in place concrete countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, use recycled fly ash
8) Non VOC Paints and Stains
9) All plumbing fixtures are low-flow energy efficient
10) All electrical appliances are energy star rated
-LED and fluorescent lighting fixtures
11) Ductless Mini-Split HVAC system zoned for maximum efficiency

Jeremy Levine Design
Designer: Jeremy Levine, Assoc. AIA, Principal
Associate Designer: Jonathon Pickup
Structural Engineer: Micheal Ciortea
General Contractor: Juan Macias Construction
Photography by Tom Bonner

6 Stained Glass Transom–Wedding Cake House
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In 1918 G. T. Lester, the founder of the Lester Lumber Company in Martinsville, Virginia, designed and built this unusual-looking brick home. Because of the seeming layers (and, perhaps, the white color) the house has become known as the Wedding Cake House. The style is the “catch-all” category called Exotic-Revival. The tiered stories, the roofline with the projecting piers, the central tower, the corbelled brickwork and the arcaded porch collectively contribute to the castle-like appearance of the home, although the structure is not extremely large.

The main floor sits upon a raised basement; the smaller second level is a cube resting upon the first story; the third level, the tower, is yet another cube, but it’s set at right angles to the other two floors. At the rear is a vinyl-covered one-story garage addition. The key to the house seems to be the central tower or core, which contains the stairs, original bathroom, and cooling and heating systems, the ducts created by open brickwork in the thick walls. The floor plan of the first level (according to the VDHR) consists of 4 identical triangular-shaped rooms with iron grilles for heating and cooling; no fireplaces exist. They would logically narrow closer to the central section.

The exterior walls of the structure are three bricks thick. They contain a number of decorative elements—the raised brick that outlines the arched porch bays, the crenellated parapet, the corbelled and patterned brickwork at the cornice lines, and belt courses. The flat roof has projecting piers that help create the appearance of battlements. An arcaded wraparound porch on three sides provides a sense of size to the structure; the piers of the arches extend to the ground suggesting stability of structure, and the corbelling pattern of the parapet walls is enlarged and repeated in the porch walls. The front door has no surround but does have decorative panels. The windows on the first two stories are single sash with a single-light window capped by a stained-glass transom. The windows on the third story are multi-paned.

The house is located at 308 Starling Drive in Martinsville and seems to be in superb condition. It’s included in the East Church Street/Starling Avenue Historic District, an area of residences from late 19th to early 20th century. [DHR ID # for the district is #120-5002 and for the house #120-0007.] This district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006– #06000805

Source: Virginia Department of Historic Resources…

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