The WeatherStation

The WeatherStation is a concept home that could become a reality. Andrew Keating from Stack Design Build emailed me the following information and I hope you like the idea and design. 

The WeatherStation is approximately 315 square feet and is constructed on a slab on grade with 1 1/4″ stone tile. Built with 6 1/2″ structural insulated panel walls with an SIP and fiberglass roof with integrated rainwater capture.


White cedar clapboar with redwood panel overlook. Feberglass double-paned, argon filled, high-R window systems.

The primary heating is solar with a back up heating system of a Morso wood stove rated to 800 square feet.

The rainwater capture system feeds both external and interior use.

This is a neat design and I hope to see it become more than a concept. You can learn more by visiting this blogpost at StackMachine.



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Grant Wagner - May 8, 2009 Reply

#1, nice lay out, I like it. Building with SIP should make this guy very quick to pop up in a timely fashion.

#2, traditional wood stoves are rather poor performers. Look into a rocket mass heater for any sort of permanent structure where weight isn’t a problem. These guys are up to 6x more efficient than a metal box stove, and the extra mass of them will help regulate the temperature in you home during both the winter and the summer.

EJ - May 8, 2009 Reply

Use right angles to save time and materials.

Bathroom on bottom floor – if you are ever confined to one floor (illness, disability even temporary) and for better access for guests. Gear/fitness can go upstairs.

Put the planter on wheels and extend the top cupboards.

Cut down on types/shapes of windows for more harmonious feel.

Brand - May 8, 2009 Reply

It’s a neat concept, but the strange angles don’t seem very practical. Most furniture is built at right angles anyway. I don’t know that it adds much to the design other than a mild notion of Cat in the Hat nonconformity.

It would be interesting to see a rendition of this space as a Belgian narrow townhouse. Where does one put his clothes, though? ;o

Mike Mac - February 7, 2010 Reply

The location and orientation are critical to good design. ( Unclear by drawing) Make the gear locker a airlock save heat and cool air. Combine with simple lean to green house space is now a bonus. Also keeps dirt from clothes/shoes out of interior space. Second use a mass type heating device and take most of mass out of floor. Build like a skyscraper were panels hang, requires only four small concrete pads, four corner columns (inside envelope – easy to insulate)concrete near heating device. window/vents need to be arranged so air flows need to be productive and natural. hot air rising pulls cool air inside in summer, prevailing winds go in one window pass across room and exit out other side. I could go on.

    Kathy Guenther - August 26, 2011 Reply

    Mike: You are an engineer, right? If we ever decide to build we will definitely consult with experts like you!! Thanks for your suggestions. We are solar advocates but live in a big- non-solar house. go figure. from the mojave desert rats…..

William DeRuyter - May 19, 2011 Reply

Great Idea . I am a Retired U.S. Airforce Weather Specialist and I would Love to have a WeatherStation. Good Luck !!

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