I just wrapped up my class at GCC on Archicad. I am really grateful for having and being able to use a CAD program. Attached is my first run through on a design for the first floor. I haven’t drawn up a second floor or roof yet for it.
Solar hot water and air class started yesterday and Piping and Passive Solar start today.
I am certain now that the house will have two floors. Although I haven’t been to the site with a solar pathfinder (to determine the amount of sun the site gets based on obstacles) I am fairly certain the neighbors house to the south will block a significant portion of the winter sun. Having the panels on top of a second floor roof will mitigate this issue.