Playful roof forms characterize the upper level with sloped ceilings and deep overhangs, resulting in heightened awareness of the tree canopy and sky through varied spatial, lighting, and viewing conditions from each interior space. Attention has been paid to providing cross-ventilation throughout the home, including a two-story shaft of space along the south-facing window wall to allow for natural stack-effect air movement.
Deer Haven is deeply rooted in sustainability, from its placement and orientation to its coordinated assemblies and systems. This includes the residence’s participation in the Experimental Advanced Renewal Program that allows the energy produced by the solar array to be purchased directly by Consumers Energy and put back into the grid. Half of the main level floor is structural concrete slab-on-grade for thermal mass and the flat roof over the kitchen has a live green roof tray system, installed for thermal mass and to control water runoff.