Hidden among the trees in Hood River's west side, this custom home is in the first stages of construction. A break in the winter weather allowed for excavation, grading, and the stemwalls to be poured and Green Home is actively framing the floors and walls. The house was designed to take advantage of the natural features of the site while providing a courtyard in its center. The project required approval from the Gorge National Scenic Commission which required its exterior to maintain certain vernacular characteristics. The home will feature a live roof, a rainwater catchment system, advanced framing and energy-efficient insulation.
There is a growing movement across the county to build homes to a higher than code standard while allowing the home owner to decide what options are right for them. The process is called building the “Pretty Good House”, which in practice is more like building a “Darn Good House”. This Hood River residence is Green Home Design+Build’s first house built with the “Pretty Good House” standards in mind.
Built with double stud wall construction and deep roof rafters, this home's insulation levels are nearly double of that required by code. A very tight building envelope, and an efficient heating/cooling system give this home tremendous comfort and excellent efficiency. All systems in the house were kept simple to allow for easy maintenance.
The three bedroom two bath home has been paired down to 1500 sq ft. The combined living room, dining area and kitchen area make entertaining easy. With lots of natural daylighting the house feels well connected to the outdoors and a huge sliding glass door blurs the boundary between inside and outside even further.
Nestled within a pear orchard and adjacent to a lavendar farm, this Modern Farmhouse is beginning to take shape. Perfectly placed to take advantage of double mountain views as these progress photos show. The double-stud wall construction and insulation will allow for a very efficient heating system, which translates to comfort and low utility costs. The roof trusses are here and we're working on getting the structure dried in while we have some mile weather.
Our clients loved to cook out and entertain in the summertime but the back yard was a mess with a variety of issues that needed help. We designed a new back patio with a small deck area accessed through the kitchen, opening up the flow of the house and making a perfect spot for coffee in the morning. The hot tub is tucked behind a wood screen for additional privacy and the large planter boxes will hold a bamboo screen to help define the space. The patio has built-in seating for additional guests at summer parties.
We've competed the concrete work for a new home on the West Side of Hood River that will be the first "Pretty Good House" in town. This is a non-certified design goal for new construction that outlines a set of goals and allows individual projects to determine how their project can best achieve the goal of higher energy efficiency. Rather than spend money on certifying the house, owners can put that money directly into making the home better.
This super-insulated wine production facility with a contemporary tasting room started as an uninsulated metal storage building. With R-40 walls and an R-60 ceiling, we were able to reduce the load on the geothermal heating/cooling system and use the interior slab's thermal mass to maintain consistent temperatures. We added a 700 sf earth sheltered wine vault with an insulated architectural concrete skin. These wine growers came to us with the desire to create a beautiful functional space that maximized energy efficiency and comfort and the results are stunning. We were proud that this facility was part of the 2013 Gorge Green Home Tour.
We recently created converted two un-used bedrooms into a combo library office. On the opposite of of the office wall we used a 7' deep space to create a proper bar that faced the open kitchen. The office and library are all White Oak and bar is American Cherry, like the adjacent kitchen. The result exceeded expectations. The LED ligthing throughout is warm and highlights the character of the quarter sawn White Oak. The craftsmanship is of the highest level and every detail was executed to perfection. It's hard not to settle down with a good book and a glass of wine in that space.