143 Springwood Lane  For Sale In Stephens CityVA for $649,000 


143 Springwood LaneStephens City, Virginia VA22655-5655

Listing IDVAFV2002344

5  Bedrooms4  Total Baths 4,490 SqFt 3.530 Acres


Bring Your Horses!!!! Contemporary Passive Solar House With 2 Level Workshop & Private Office. Main house is roughly 4,500 sqft and workshop 2,000 sqft. Located in the picturesque Woodland Springs Subdivision, the development features 4 ponds & 7 miles of deeded right of way for walking and riding. Passive solar, as opposed to an active solar home, has no moving parts. The home itself is the storage medium, which could be water, but for this house the concrete structure itself is the heat-sink, which stores the energy of the sun during the cool months and the cool of the night during the warm months. In this house an additional Trombe wall is built on the south porch which is heavy concrete block filled with concrete and stone dust. All of the exterior walls, with the exception of the top clerestory floor, the foyer and garage addition are concrete filled masonry with four inches of polystyrene on the outside and no lathe, furring strips or framing on the interior; this eliminates thermal breaks with the exception of windows and doors. This design provides for a different experience in comfort, aesthetic, and economy. With about six hundred feet of south facing glass ( the house is faced due solar south) the winter months provide the solar porches with the warmth of a Florida Room during the 50% solar days of this latitude. The comfort factor is subtle but noticeable in extreme weather, in that the walls are close to air temperature, minimizing convection currents and the radiation of our bodies to the solid surfaces. The Woodstock Soapstone provides additional comfort and beauty in the evening but was not used to actually heat the house. The house was tested and found to be one of the tightest houses the scientist had ever tested. The vertical design makes the house a solar chimney so that the first floor windows and the fourth floor windows create a good air-flow when open. Nice in the fall and spring. When a good snow falls and sticks the house absorbs additional solar gain from the reflected radiation. Structurally, the concrete block in the basement is 12” block filled with concrete and rebar. Pressure treated joists are lagged into the walls and the rafters are tied to the wall plates with metal connectors, making the house near earthquake, hurricane resistant and the rear first floor utility area is especially safe, such as in a tornado warning. The well provides enough flow to fill and manage a swimming pool. Well-pump replaced 2015, Hot water heater, pressure tanks 2016, water-softener/sand-filter was replaced in 2008, exterior doors , windows 2008 and a 400 amp underground Electric service was installed underground, heat pump 2020, Roof 2021, sump pup 2020 and stucco 2008
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