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Angels’ House,
design and build by MST


Si-Huis and California Design & Build LLC have been formed as sister companies of UK-based Case Study Construction Ltd, which has so far completed five UK developments since 2003: two mixed use commercial, two low income housing and one premium single family residence. In 2008, Case Study Construction Ltd’s solar and geothermally powered ANGELS’ HOUSE sold mid-construction for 2M ($3.5M), setting a record for the highest sale price ever for a single-family home in the county of Staffordshire. In 2012, Angels’ House was described as a “modernist marvel” by The Telegraph.



Angels’ House, design and build by MST


Technology and lifestyle have far advanced since the Case Study Program of the mid 20th century. The modern home has become a place where many of us work, as well as play, and entertain. There are so far more functions a modern building can provide besides providing shelter and warmth. Technology can provide significant benefits when utilized for energy, communications and security.



Angels’ House, design and build by MST


Our immediate environment, when it is ideal, can make us happy, healthy and successful. It can stimulate us or it can make us calm. Feng shui means ‘wind-water.’ It is the ancient art of creating, adapting or affecting our environment in a way that it is ultimately beneficial to us. The results of Feng Shui can be powerful, even astonishing and life changing. Have you ever visited a place and felt good, or wanted to stay there and not understood why?



Angels’ House, design and build by MST


Energy generation systems required for an self-sufficient building are available off-the-shelf, with little to no extra expense incurred for construction. It is possible for the buidings to generate enough electricity to sell back to the grid, using a combination of solar, ground or air heat exchange, heat recovering ventilation and even wind power under the right circumstances. Once the energy is generated it has to be used efficiently, in order to be sustainable.



Angels’ House, design and build by MST


A building’s surplus energy could be utilized to charge electric vehicles with zero emissions. Not just in some future, but now, with existing, affordable technologies. Currently, 40% of all the energy consumed by the U.S.A. and Europe is used by buildings, both residential and commercial, for heating, cooling and lighting. If the buildings were to produce 100% of their own energy, then almost half of the western world’s energy demands would disappear.



Angels’ House, design and build by MST


Half the task for a zero energy building (ZEB) is to not lose the energy that it has generated or conserved. When it’s cold, heat loss needs to be prevented. When it’s hot, solar gain needs to be avoided. LED lighting consumes 90% less energy than a system which uses regular bulbs. Even the heat generated from different areas of the house like the kitchen and bathroom can be turned into energy using heat exchanging ventilation.



Angels’ House, design and build by MST


A lot can be achieved with very little effort. Efficient design comes from the use of elements that increase the beauty and functionality and removing elements that do not. What doesn’t add, detracts. To create a visually appealing environment does not require the most expensive decorations. It requires mindful consideration of all the elements; including content, colors, tones, composition and light, just like the painting of a picture or the taking of a photograph.



Angels’ House, design and build by MST


The most beautiful product in almost any market will always have a customer. There is no shortage of buyers for the best in class. There are always long waiting-lists for million-dollar cars. Property and real estate is not always made more valuable by spending the most amount money on labor or construction. Good decisions can make the property more valuable, and extremely good decisions can make the property much more valuable with less money.



Angels’ House, design and build by MST


Case Study Construction Ltd, UK, funded all six of its speculation projects with loans from banks and private finance companies. All loans have been repaid and California Design and Build LLC is seeking to develop showcase residential or commercial properties in Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Hollywood or Downtown Los Angeles. California Design and Build LLC also produces interior architectural installations, furniture and lighting to order.











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