With extreme sun allergies, 12-year-old Shelby Pope of Penngrove, CA sent a video to ABC-TV ’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, sharing her struggles living in a 100-year-old farmhouse that offered little relief from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays [Figure 1]. When ABC‘s producers saw no outdoor playing areas she could safely use and a blanket covering her bedroom window, they selected her family for a new home secretly designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects of Santa Rosa — giving Shelby indoor and outdoor places to act like a kid and still have a long, skin cancer-free life.
With much fanfare, the family was sent to Disney- land for a week (attending the storied theme park only at night) while the volunteer architects and contractors (Total Concepts) built Shelby a new home in five days [Figures 2 and 3].
- deep porches with broad overhangs that block the sun while allowing daylight and views. As Shelby’s mother said, the porches “allow Shelby to go outdoors in shorts and flip-flops and feel the breeze on her face.”
- special Low-e glass (“low emissivity” glass) windows that block more than 90 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet A and B light. Low-e glass is coated with a microscopic, virtually invisible metallic oxide layer that deflects UV and infrared rays and limits solar heat gain. Most window manufactur- ers now carry e-glass [Figure 4].
- a covered entry porte-cochere – a roofed structure extending from the driveway to the house entrance, allowing Shelby sun protection from the car to her front door [Figure 3].
- a new outdoor pool and sand “beach area” covered by sculptural sails made from Australian “Coolaroo” shade cloth that blocks over 90 percent of the sun’s UV rays [Figure 5].