“We're taking the complication out of creating energy-efficient Craftsman-style
home plans and communities. It's an incremental process that homeowners and builders
don't have to be afraid of.”
Brooks Ballard founded Home Patterns LLC in 2001. With a Masters in Architecture
from Georgia Tech and a Masters in City Design and Social Science from the London
School of Economics, he brings a holistic perspective to the design of homes and
Experience working with affordable housing experts to produce inexpensive
houses that fit into surrounding bungalow neighborhoods lead Brooks to develop reinvigorated
Craftsman style home plans that not only reduce the initial carbon footprints, but
also work well in infill construction and newer, small-lot developments. It's a
"build green" approach. Home widths are based on 4-foot increments for less waste
during construction. Bump outs are kept to a minimum because extra corners are expensive,
energy-inefficient, and time consuming to build. Roof lines are simple. Less waste
and complication means savings that can be put into energy-efficient appliances,
solar power, and/or insulation. Smaller but well functioning living spaces mean
less energy is needed over the long haul. A smaller footprint means less valuable
land is needed. More compact housing encourages walking and mixed use neighborhoods.
This translates into healthier living, more freedom of movement and choice, and
less reliance on polluting fossil fuels.
Brooks' home plan packages allow any builder
to construct a first class energy-efficient and sustainable Craftsman-style home
that's comparable in price to a "normal home." Energy-efficient, green details are
called out separately on our Green Sheets so that a builder can learn incrementally.
Think of the plan package as an introduction to sustainable design. The builders
can learn and incorporate these details at their own pace while realizing the interconnectedness
of each system.