Modern Dream Homes: RainShine House by Robert M. Cain

Modern Dream Home RainShine by Robert M. Cain Contemporary Modern LEED house

RainShine House is a 2800 square foot modern luxury home in Decatur, Georgia designed by architect Robert M. Cain. This award-winning home features an amazing roof design, named the Butterfly, and is also the recipient of a Platinum LEED award for what is a truly innovative Eco-friendly construction. Let’s take a look at why this home received accolades for both its contemporary architecture and environmentally-friendly considerations.

am Home RainShine by Robert M. Cain contemporary modern LEED house

The butterfly roof is designed to capture rainfall for a rain harvest system located in the basement (Rain) and is oriented to maximize southern exposure for a roof mounted photovoltaic system (Shine). That blend of architecture and science is precisely what we need to see in more sustainable home designs in the future.

am Home RainShine by Robert M. Cain contemporary modern LEED house

The butterfly design, with it’s inverted gable, simplifies rainwater collection, eliminates extensive gutter and downspout systems and the associated maintenance headaches common in conventional gabled or hip roofed homes.

am Home RainShine by Robert M. Cain contemporary modern LEED house

 

The RainShine house is not just about the external architecture, either. The home is defined internally by thick walls that cleverly function as storage, shelving, niches, pass-throughs, entertainment centers and closets.

am Home RainShine by Robert M. Cain contemporary modern LEED house

Modern Dream Home RainShine by Robert M. Cain Contemporary Modern LEED house

The home makes use of extensive glazing to capture an abundant amount of natural light and to bring mother nature into the home.

Modern Dream Home RainShine by Robert M. Cain Contemporary Modern LEED house

Modern Dream Home RainShine by Robert M. Cain Contemporary Modern LEED house

Modern Dream Home RainShine by Robert M. Cain Contemporary Modern LEED house

Innovative Green and Earth-friendly design, with sustainable features, coupled with truly excellent contemporary styling inside and out makes the RainShine house in Decatur, Georgia a truly amazing Modern Dream Home.

Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 14 March, 2010

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  1. Love this house. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Comment by Cindy on March 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm


  2. errr…. in Australia we’ve been building rainfall collection systems into our rooflines for hundreds of years…
    Actually there’s nothing revolutionary about any of the concepts that make up this house
    Welcome to the rest of the world

    Comment by SJ on March 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm


  3. Very beautiful houses! I have always like houses that work on natural lights.

    Comment by designer on March 15, 2010 at 2:14 am


  4. I agree SJ, Australia has been much more considerate and innovative on its scarce resources, such as water, but it’s significant in North America where natural resources have, until recently, not been a consideration for the majority of people buying or building a new home. Georgia has plentiful precipitation levels each year, so this is not born out of necessity, but rather a shift in mindset that is slowly but surely gaining momentum – particularly in the luxury housing market, as much of this still requires significant investment in terms of construction costs. Thanks for the comment, great to have varied opinions.

    Comment by admin on March 15, 2010 at 5:06 am


  5. Green homes are some of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen. You wouldn’t think such a beautiful home was so green! This is certainly something to aspire to!

    Comment by Lesley LEED AP on March 15, 2010 at 10:47 am


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