The technical guide to designing single-family home projects: download the DWG project examples with floor plans, elevation views, cross-sections, isometric views and 3D model produced with an architectural BIM design software
In this practical guide dedicated to residential building types we will analyze two single-family home projects, both reproduced in a specific context with the aid of a professional software for architects and engineers.
As for the previous articles, you will also have the opportunity to download single-family home projects 3D models in .edf format together with project renders and DWG CAD drawings. Below you can immediately download the fully functional trial version of the architectural BIM design software used to produce the examples.
Download the BIM models of the two single-family home projects
Single-family home projects
The first project is a two-storey private home inspired by a building located in a picturesque residential area in Pirita, Tallinn.
The solar exposure and the building surrounding flat environment, having a pine forest on two sides, make the design remarkably outstanding.
The main feature of this single-family home refers to the volumetric consistency of the roof:
- the back side frames the views towards the forest
- on the front side, the daylight is captured thanks to the varying dimensions of the openings giving natural and nuanced light.
The common areas are located on the ground floor, and are connected to the garden. The dining area and the kitchen are placed on the prominent volume facing the southern side which receives the whole spectrum of the day light. The living room and the sauna face the western side and they have direct access to the porch. The porch is part of the landscape that was planned for gradually expanding itself outside the surrounding nature up to becoming part of the building and deleting the boundary between inside and outside.
The floor upstairs consists of a private space with four bedrooms and bathrooms. Three bedrooms have access to the terrace on the common roof facing the evening sunlight.
The building is covered with vertical black pine wood, with the utmost respect for the location, . The relatively large volume is visually reduced, and its sculptural envelope is characterized by a monochromatic scheme.
Single-family home plan in a steep terrain context
Constructed area: 420 m2
The second project is a two-storey private house inspired by a building in Spain in the residential complex of La Coma, in Borriol (Castellón).
The house is built in on a 1560 m2 lot with challenging topographic features and steep slopes in both directions (NORTH-SOUTH in longitudinal direction and EAST-WEST transversal).
The building has been designed starting from two main concepts:
- the intention to locate the building in the highest and steepest point of the area – obtaining exploitable terraces or flat areas – with the consequent integration between the building and the surrounding landscape. Moreover, the natural ventilation is used effectively – which is important considering the harsh climate – especially in summer.
- the access road, that crosses part of the lot, from the entrance to the garage, and passes under the building, creates a comfortable and shadowy entrance.
Moreover, this simple volume single-family detached house is well-located in the mountains, leading to a close connection between each floor and the outside.
Also, the house overlooks a scenic road with significant slopes which creates a vast shaded area facing the landscape.
Finally, despite the project’s surface, the system of courtyards organized at different levels develops diagonally. This contributes to the creation of continued space, together with the establishment of a strong connection between every level of the house and the external area, in addition to making possible the exploitation of the natural ventilation.
Download the BIM models (.edf format) of the single-family home projects