This super insulated 2300 sq ft residence features beautiful recycled wood used in the cabinets, floors, and interior finish work. A solar hot water system, propane water heater, and radiant concret floor are tied together and form an efficient whole-house heating system. During construction, the owners pre-wired for a solar photovoltaic system, which is currently being installed. Innovative recycled materials were used throughout, including a refinished section of railroad as a stair railing.
"Much of the house was built while we were more than a thousand miles away which placed an additional onus on communication, management and professionalism not to mention (and above all) trust. Green Home exceeded all our expectations.” - Ilysa and Steven ParkerDate: October 2010
This 2300 sq ft residence features beautiful timber and stone Cascadian styling, recycled Douglas fir interior trim, energy efficient lighting, FSC certified lumber, a 100% recycled “eco-slate” roof, a geothermal heating/cooling system and a Heat Recovery Ventilator. The old farmstead residence was deconstructed, the best materials were then re-milled on-site and integrated into the new home's interior.
These wine makers came to us with the desire to create a beautiful functional space that maximized energy efficiency and comfort so we took an uninsulated metal storage building and converted it into a super-insulated wine production facility with a contemporary tasting room. 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 sq ft earth sheltered wine vault with an insulated architectural concrete skin. Featuring recycled wood paneling and a view into the production facility, this tasting room offers a striking views and inspiring wines.
On a scale of 1 to 10 the view from this White Salmon home is a 15! We designed this renovation project to capture the spectacular view by minimizing columns, installing an all glass guard rail on the deck and a south facing window wall. We also removed a wall to open up the kitchen and dining room spaces and installed custom cabinets and paint colors to engage the surrounding landscape. This local artist's home now feels like a cabin in the sky. FSC certified lumber and selected sustainable materials were used whenever possible. Local stone can be found throughout the patio and three 1000 gallon cisterns were buried on site to capture rainwater for use in the dryer months. (Glass plate and vessel, and paintings by Cyndi Strid. Ceramic mugs and small plates by Susannah Lints.)
Adjacent to old Reisling vines, this unique and challenging building is a cathedral to wine. Although it has a simple shape, there's an ambitious skylight that divides the building in two. This intriguing design feature required special structural steel and framing to make it solid and strong. At the same time, it provides an interesting interplay of structure, space, light, and shadow that creates one of the most dramatic wine tasting rooms in the Gorge area.
Taking advantage of double mountain views, this contemporary farmhouse is nestled between a lavender farm and pear orchards. This simple and comfortable residence has been a treat to design and build in the upper valley. Featuring clean lines, the beautiful wood cabinets, floors and a sliding barn door stand out in the abundant natural light. The bathroom tilework was done in-house and gave the perfect finish for the project.
Green Home gutted the existing house down to the floor framing to build an incredibly detail saavy and energy-efficient home in the picturesque White Salmon/Snowden area of The Gorge. The new home's design was inspired by Feng Shui resulting in finishes that promote a healthy and happy family lifestyle throughout every room. Unique finishes not typically used on interiors were used, such as concrete and the burned wood walls. Green Home excelled at creating beautiful details, keeping the project organized and running smoothly.
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. The three bedroom two bath home includes a combined living room, dining area and kitchen area to 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.
A spectacular panoramic view of the Columbia River Gorge deserves a curving cantilevered deck. This composite and tiled timbered deck features custom rolled steel railings in-filled with stainless steel cable. The post and beam construction provides cover for an outdoor kitchen and seating area, adjacent to the hot tub.
“Green Home succeeded in turning our ideas into a jewel box!” - Peter Belmont and Laurie MacdonaldDate: May 2013
With clay plaster coated interior walls, an open beamed ceiling and expansive views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, this 1300 sq ft home has a small environmental footprint and a big warm feeling on the interior. A small gas fired heating stove under an open timber stair allows the heat to easily flow to the upper floor while the elegant LED lighting accents the warmth of the timber and plaster. The open timbered carport supporting the 3kw PV system is unified with the traditionally inspired exterior detailing.
Date: August 2016
This tiny garden shed is transformed into a Garden Cottage, complete with outdoor shower, composting toilet, and solar hot water. A perfect place to host an overnight guest, or clean up after working in the garden, this cozy structure includes an indoor sink, mini-fridge and easy access to the pergola for relaxing. A cadet heater, and solar hot water, ensure that this insulated Garden Cottage may be used year-round.
We worked closely with out clients to design a space where communing with a good book is the end goal. We gutted an existing den and converted it into a traditionally inspired library and office. No detail was overlooked in creating this completely custom space. After the office and library were complete we also expanded the bar. What goes better with a book than an aperitif?
“Our family had a great experience working with Green Home on our new addition. The leads and the carpenters were respectful, talented and resourceful.” - Lisa and Todd AbelDate: October 2011
This 1800 sf addition to a hillside home in Mosier married contemporary detailing with a high performance building envelope and renewable energy system. The building shell was airsealed after framing and then tested with a blower door to ensure we met our goal of achieving air leakage of less than 1.5 air changes per hour at 50 pa. The walls were dense packed with cellulose and the roof insulated to R-60. This tight super-insulated shell allowed us to reduce the size and cost of the high performance heat pump. The roof holds a 4900 watt PV system with a 2-collector solar hotwater system
"Green Home was able to rise to the (renovation) challenges through innovative suggestions . . . and was always ready with practical and cost-effective solutions." - Ninian BlackburnDate: February 2014
While the rustic barn wood looks great, the house was exceedingly drafty and has minimal insulation. We dense packed insulation in the wall cavities, added a continuous air barrier, wrapped the exterior in 2" of foam and installed new board and batt siding over a venting drainage plane. Now, the owners look onto the mountain through their new energy efficient dark brown fiberglass windows while they enjoy hot coffee in a warm house
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 needed to create an appropriate entry for this cute west-side cottage. Our client wanted a covered porch that would be the "hang out spot" all summer. We used "Cottage" detailing to increase the curb appeal and provide a gathering place for enjoying our long Hood River summer evenings.
Situated on 30 acres in Snowden, WA, this straw bale home was designed by Green Home Construction, Inc. It was purposely designed from the beginning to maximize the use of solar energy. This energy efficient natural home features a post-in-beam structure in-filled with 18" thick straw bale walls. The resulting super-insulated core will be able to maximize the use of passive solar heating in the winter and keep the home cool in the summer. Friends and volunteers came out to help at the bale raising party. The bales have been plastered and exterior details completed.
An old deck is transformed into an outdoor living area with 2 separate levels that lead to the backyard. A custom gate completes the project.
An existing windy courtyard was fitted with a new post and beam roof covered in glass panels, allowing the use of the courtyard for much of the year. A new master suite was added so guests could spend the night and wake to a spectacular morning sunrise from this hilltop gem.
A recent study for a vacant lot over and up, in Underwood, WA. Sitting on one of the victim sites of the 2007 bluff fire, a new residence is on the study boards here. A single story scheme, as dictated by the Gorge Scenic Area height restrictions, the residence taking its cues from the surrounding farm structures. Simple in its form and material palette of stone, wood, and glass, the house slides out of, and sits calmly in, the landscape, and enjoys the view. Like there wasn't any fire at all.
We're in the process of converting an uninsulated metal storage building into a super-insulated wine production facility with a contemporary tasting room. 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 sq ft earth sheltered wine vault with an insulated architectural concrete skin. These wine makers came to us with the desire to create a beautiful functinal space that maximized energy efficiency and comfort. We are looking forward to toasting the completion of their building this June.
Conceptual design studies for a new, ultra modern ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) on a gorgeous piece of property along West Cliff Drive in Hood River, OR. The client threw out the words, "cantilever" and "modern", and the idea factory kicked in.
Some very early, conceptual design images of a new hillside residence, right off Tucker Road. Perched high up on the bank of the east fork of the Hood River, this oak woodland has incredible potential. Two early solutions and very different ideas, based on the same main floor plan, one version goes down to a basement level, while the 2nd version goes skyward.
This little cabin up off Cooper Spur Road is going to get some much needed TLC. It has great history behind it, belonging to a family who have been long time residents on Mt. Hood. A new foundation to replace the one that is rotting away, and some internal plan changes to open things up and be more efficient. A simple rustic interior with some subtle modernism.
We've been doing some conceptual thinking about a historic building in The Dalles. It's a mixed use building, ground floor retail and a second floor that used to be a hotel. We've envisioned a new version of the second level, contemporary apartments over-looking the historic commercial district.
Currently a weekend cabin in Snowden, our clients would like to eventually turn it into their primary residence with a modest sized addition. Elements of Northwest fire tower lookouts started the conceptual studies here. With views of Mt. Adams to the north and Mt. Hood to the south, this design wants to capture it all. The process starts with conceputal exterior studies, looking at massing, materials and various site conditions. After client feedback and further study, a contender arose that marries our clients interior programmatic needs, a durable fire resistant exterior, glazing protected from excessive solar gain and a cozy welcoming interior.
A timber-frame solar awning highlights this commercial renovation. The old facade was removed and replaced with wood siding to update the appearance of the building. The timber-frame awning shades the entrances to the building and supports the solar electric system panels.