The Sovereign is unique and amazing in a number of important ways.
1) Self powered
Using green technology this structure is ideal for remote locations and may be self-sustaining and/or provide energy support for another dwelling. The Utility Independence Series is practical and affordable and allows opportunities for vacation retreats, and private quarters hidden in remote natural areas with comfort and convenience previously unattainable.
2) Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future...
With each new day, we seem to be confronted with issues of depleting resources or other environmental concerns. This series of designs offers a proactive opportunity to reverse the trend, to use emerging technologies, to become increasingly self-sufficient and become a part, not of the problem, but of the solution.
3) The Independence Cottage:
Whether a compliment to your current home, or that Retreat you've always wanted, this cottage may be the ideal choice. The Gambrel roof, traditional barn construction, provides a perfect solution for Utility Independence. The shallow upper pitch of the upper roof slops conceals the application of Dow Powerhouse shingles. The steeper side slopes provide increased living space within the upper level while minimizing exterior maintenance. The exterior wall construction is of 6" SIP Construction (Structural Insulated Panels). The gutters route rainwater to the cistern installed beneath the stairs in the garage providing convenient and virtually cost-free irrigation.
While designed primarily for one or two, the built-in sofa also converts easily to a bed for guests. The bedroom features a walk-in closet and direct access to the bath. The entertainment center is easily viewable from the sofa or the banquette. The kitchen is an efficiency design and includes a spacious pantry.
The Garage level provides storage for an array of solar & mechanical equipment, including a tankless water heater and optional laundry. The cupola provides an attractive architectural detail, but also conceals a Gale Vertical Axis Wind Generator adding to the versatile power generating capabilities of The Independence Cottage.