Here's my house in Febuary, the forsythia have just begun
Behind the forsythia, the windows face south which permits passive solar heating in the winter and a place to start my tomatos in January. That room is 28 foot long and 16 foot wide with a 12 foot ceiling. You can not tell all this from the outside because of the lowered floor. In the summer all the south-facing glass comes out and coupled with the low windows at the far end of the room creates a natural draft resulting in a naturally cool house that requires the use of a fan only a couple times all summer! In Georgia.
In the far left, on top of my kitchen, You can see the corner of my solar array. I produced enough home-made solar electricity to run my lights, watch tv, listen to the stereo, work on my computer, run the vacuum cleaner, & operate an electric irrigation water pump!
The links below go to the rest of the full-sized construction pictures.