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An Alexandria couple purchased land with a view of Old Rag Mountain in Rappahannock County Virginia. They then wanted a weekend house that would not freeze should the power fail while the house was unoccupied.


Burying the small house half in the hillside and orienting it to the sun a passive solar design was achieved that would not allow the house to drop below 45 degrees during the coldest weather, without the electric heater running.


Later, a small artist studio would be added to the east providing an equally sunny studio and small office retreat from the house.

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