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Residential Design Experience

Randy L. Martin has a background of over 15 years designing energy conscious new homes and remodeling projects. He wrote a book entitled, "A Builder's Guide to Iowa's IDEAL Homes" while working for the energy office in Iowa. Its been over 10 years since he designed his last project.  He discovered that it was more profitable to design web sites than it was to design houses.

The following is a list of projects designed by Mr. Martin.

Energy Conscious New Home Designs

Clark Residence, Adel, Iowa 9/95

2200 square foot 4 bedroom ranch on a development south of Adel. Vaulted great room. Walk-out to east. Designed using AutoCAD LT.

Sorenson Residence, Guthrie Center, Iowa 1/92

1700 square foot 3 bedroom tutor ranch on a farm west of Guthrie Center. Open plan for kitchen, dining, great room. Walk-out design to south with farm office located on lower level. Designed using AutoCAD.

Bird Residence, West Des Moines, Iowa 9/91

1600 square foot 3 bedroom ranch with 3-car garage on 2 1/2 acre lot. L-Shaped plan to allow long side to face the south. Cathedral ceiling in kitchen, dining, great room and master bedroom. Designed using AutoCAD.

Stursma Residence, Pella, Iowa 4/91

Passive solar, three bedroom, partial two-story design with balcony overlooking living room on 10 acre site . Designed using AutoCAD.

Bird Residence, Indianola, completed design development, not built

Two story, three bedroom design with loft overlooking the living area. Good south exposure.

Energy Efficient Show Home, Coon Rapids Municipal Utilities, 10/90, not yet built.

Design of energy efficient show home to be used as an example by the Coon Rapids Municipal Utilities and then sold as a spec house. Three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house with vaulted great room and breakfast area in kitchen. Good south exposure.

Sunbilt Spec Home, West Des Moines, 12/87.

Redesign of stock plan. Built by Jim White of Sunbilt Homes.

Sunbilt Spec Home, West Des Moines, 11/87.

Redesign of previously built plan 8720. Built by Jim White of Sunbilt Homes.

Sunbilt Spec Home, West Des Moines, 11/87.

Redesign of previously built plan 8721. Built by Jim White of Sunbilt Homes.

Rassmussen Residence, West Des Moines, Pheasant Ridge 8/87.

Superinsulated design overlooking lake to the east. Built by Jim White of Sunbilt Homes.

Bray Residence, Iowa City, 6/86.

Energy detailing of another designer's traditional design. Airtight Drywall Approach with 2x6's. Aldes exhaust only ventilation system. Owner acted as general contractor.

Schminke Residence, Pella, 8/86.

Redesign of stock plan using 2x6 Airtight Drywall Approach. (Not built).

Day Residence, Davenport, 8/86.

Energy redesign of four-level split using 2x6 Airtight Drywall Approach.

Barnes Residence, Pella, 3/86.

Superinsulated, three bedroom walk-out ranch designed through Iowa Energy Builders. 12-1/2 inch walls, two-story open sunspace, walk-out to south, clerestory windows, mass storage wall.

Pollard Residence, Boone, 9/85.

Superinsulated design through Iowa Energy Builders. (Not built).

Peterson/Cox Residence, West Des Moines, 7/85.

Superinsulated, two bedroom ranch designed through Iowa Energy Builders. 12-1/2 inch walls with brick exterior.

Log Home Designs

Spike Residence, Ankeny, Iowa 12/96

Three bed room, 2 bath log home with conventionally trussed garage and log siding on garage gable end. Designed using AutoCAD.

Tarr Residence, Cedar Falls, Iowa 12/93.

Three bedroom, 2 1/2 bath log home with sunspace. Design incorporated conventional gable ends and conventional garage truss roof. Designed using AutoCAD.

Humphrey Residence, Van Meter, Iowa 12/92.

Redesign of 4000 square foot executive passive solar log home. Four bedroom design with loft library and office. Project involved redesign to cut construction costs from an estimated $650,000 down to $400,000. Designed using AutoCAD.

Nichols Residence, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, 7/91.

Three bedroom, 3 bath ranch with walkout to south on 10 acre wooded site. This design incorporated a conventional roof with some regular trusses and some scissor trusses. Designed using AutoCAD.

McClain Residence, Pennsylvania, 9/90.

Two bedroom, two bath retirement home built next to golf course resort in the Pennsylvania mountains.

Turner Residence, Norwalk, 6/90.

Custom one-and-a-half story, three bedroom, three bath, Log Home design with separate living, dining, family rooms with two-way fireplace and an attached double garage designed through Log Struct.

Hewlett Residence, Grand River, 1/90.

Custom ranch four bedroom, two bath Log Home design through Log Struct. Owner built.

Starmer Residence, Norwalk, 7/89.

Redesign of Rocky Mountain Log Home plan RM 065 through Log Struct. Reversal of plan and redesign of stair and bedrooms.

Meisner Vacation Home, Sun Valley Lake, 6/89.

Redesign of Rocky Mountain Log Home plan R 049 through Log Struct.

Ackey Residence, West of West Des Moines, 6/89.

Schematic custom design of large Log Home through Log Struct. (Not yet built).

Burke Residence, Minburn, 5/89.

Custom two story, three bath, Log Home designed through Log Struct.

Other New Home Work

Jerry's Homes, Des Moines, 5/95 - 2/96.

Converted nine sets of plans to AutoCAD.

Bloodgood Architects, Inc., Des Moines, 6/91.

Red line changes to set of plans for Town & Country Builders in Chicago.

Forbes Residence, Ankeny, Iowa, 5/91.

Redesign of stock plan for builder Al Reims. Two-Story, three bedroom plan with three car garage. Designed using AutoCAD.

Bloodgood Architects, Inc., Des Moines, 9/90.

Red line changes to four sets of plans for Town & Country Builders in Chicago.

Bloodgood Architects, Inc., Des Moines, 5/90.

Working drawings of custom home for housing development in Arlington, Illinois. Ink on Milar.

Peters Residence, Tipton, 12/86.

5000 sqft brick design with 12x28 two story sunroom on south. (Not built).

Sunrooms and Remodeling Projects

Bloodgood Architects, Inc., Larson Retrofit. 11/90.

Working drawing for dining, master bath, sunroom, and deck addition to country home. Ink on Milar.

Beaman Roof Window Room Addition, Clive, 9/88.

Conversion of roof deck with a Pella sunroom unit through Preferred Construction Services.

Hutchinson Three-Story Addition, Urbandale, 2/88 (not yet built).

Basement storage, lower level recreation room, upper level family room addition.

Gipple Dining Room Addition, Altoona, 6/87.

10x12 Dining room addition through Preferred Construction Services.

Hyde Pella Sunroom Addition, Des Moines, 6/87.

Pella Sunroom addition to back of house through Preferred Construction Services.

Bradley Pella Sunroom Addition, Urbandale, 5/87.

Pella sunroom addition through Preferred Construction Services.

Cunningham Pool Room and Pella Sunroom, Story City, 5/87.

Pool room designed separate from the house and two-story Pella sunroom addition through Preferred Construction Services.

Young Sunroom Addition, Urbandale, 5/87.

Pella Sunroom addition to front of house through Preferred Construction Services.

Balzer Sunroom Addition, Des Moines, 3/87.

Sunroom addition designed through Preferred Construction Services.

Hillyer Hot Tub Room Addition, West Des Moines, 1/87 .

Hot tub room addition to west side of home through Preferred Construction Services.

Goodrich Townhouse Interior Remodeling, West Des Moines, 11/86.

Kitchen and lower level remodeling through Preferred Construction Services.

Glydenvan Pool Room Addition, West Des Moines, 8/86.

Room addition next to back yard pool through Preferred Construction Services.

James Sunroom Addition, Des Moines, 2/87.

12x28 flat roof sunroom addition to south side of house through Preferred Construction Services.

Kauf Master Suite Addition, West Des Moines, 8/86.

Master Suite addition to back of house through Preferred Construction Services.

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