A home weatherization guru and his wife, a wetlands specialist, wanted us to design and build them a small, practical, energy efficient new home perched atop a knoll on their rural lot in the Skagit River drainage… a birders’ paradise.
We could do that… and did!
The resulting green aspects included:
50-year composition roofing
A Rastra perimeter foundation
Blown-in cellulose wall insulation
FSC-certified framing (2″x 4″s through 2″x 12″s) and plywood sheathing (1/2″ and 3/4″)
Free-standing propane fireplace as primary heat
Smokey Point wood windows
The resulting home fits the property oh so well…. it truly feels like it perches above their small hill, much like a birder’s blind. Frank Lloyd Wright had this to say:
“No house should ever be on a hill, or on anything. It should be of the hill. Hill and house should live together, each the happier for the other.”