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Ed Binkley

Ed has been instrumental in responsive housing design since 1985, having been a partner with two national architectural firms in the past, he opened "ed binkley design, llc" in July of 2009. He has a strong focus on an affordable, green, systems approach to housing, which coincides with his development of “the shelter series”, a collection of small rapidly built homes that incorporate sustainable principles. Ed’s experience also includes work with national and international green housing programs and the design of several demonstration homes that highlight sustainable design principals. He is a frequent speaker at symposiums, contributing editor to national publications and has been featured on a variety of HGTV and radio programs presenting his green building philosophies. Ed has a strong belief that green design starts with a responsible program and client…and the end result is only as successful as that collaboration is strong.

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Big Porch Makes Tiny House Liveable

Posted by Ed Binkley

Jun 18, 2014 4:43:00 PM

HAVING ALWAYS, UP UNTIL RECENTLY, lived in homes that were pretty traditional sizes have I realized that it’s really not about how large the home is, but how well thought out the spaces are. And if there is a “big porch” or yard area suitable for furnishing then the interior space can be even smaller.

Case in point is the small cottage I am sharing with my wife in a quaint, historic “Mayberryish” type community. The home is 560 square feet and is nestled behind the 7200 square foot main home that was built in 1877 and on the Historic Register in Franklin, Tennessee…oh…and our 100 pound lab lives with us as well.

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Lakefront Green in Florida

Posted by Ed Binkley

Jan 3, 2013 1:55:00 PM

I AM WORKING with a retired couple on the design of a “retirement home” in Central Florida. One of the great things about the couple is their desire to live modern, efficiently, and sustainable. This will be a move down home, reduced in size from 11,000 sf to just over 5,000 sf. This may seem excessive but every space in the home will be utilized. She is an active artist working with metal, paintings, and sculpture, he an avid woodworker. The couple has a large collection of art, extended family and grandchildren, and loves to entertain.

The home is situated on a beautiful lake front lot with 270 degree water views; the rear (toward the water) faces west. Every design effort is being made to capitalize on the views, breezes, and protection from the elements. The front of the home, east side, has few windows but the rear (west side) is almost end to end glass protected by extensive overhangs at the porches and treated glazing that allows minimum heat gain while providing clear views.

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Transitional Architecture: 2011 Vision House Orlando

Posted by Ed Binkley

Nov 18, 2011 8:35:00 AM

i HAVE THE PRIVILEGE of participating on an architectural review board (yep, this time it is a privilege!) for a new development in Southeast Orlando called Laureate Park at Lake Nona. The 2500 home community is being developed in collaboration with GE and compliments the neighboring Lake Nona Medical City, which will include hospitals, and bio-science research centers. The premise behind the development is to create a true live-work-play community that offers all amenities and services needed for a sustainable and walkable lifestyle.

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VISION House Orlando: All but done...

Posted by Ed Binkley

Jan 11, 2011 1:41:00 PM

The 2011 VISION House, aka "The Urban Farmhouse" is nearing completion and crews are anxiously wrapping up the loose ends. The home will be open for tours this week during IBS and we all look forward to showing off the results of some very great and dedicated efforts.

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VISION House Orlando: The New Urban Farmhouse

Posted by Ed Binkley

Nov 2, 2010 1:14:00 PM

I HAVE FINALLY COME UP with an architectural style for the 2011 Vision House, and have dubbed it the “New Urban Farmhouse”. Taking its roots from familiar architectural styles in the Orlando fringe community such as Folk Victorian, Florida Coastal, and Greek Revival.

Familiar elements include the gable roof, front porches on both floors, and extended vertical columns, but with a twist. All of the architectural elements have been redefined and unplugged. The porch railing is an industrial system of steel mesh also carried through to the interior stair and loft railings as well as the second floor terrace in the rear between the main house and detached garage.

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