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?
Hidden among the trees in Hood River's west side, this custom home was completed in the spring of 2017. 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 features a living roof, a rainwater catchment system, advanced framing, and energy-efficient insulation.
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.
This 1400 sqft single level cabin is currently under construction on private acreage comprised of oak woodlands and wildflower meadows. This high efficiency design takes advantage of the specific climactic and geographic features of its site. The building is nestled into the oaks with territorial views of the Washington foothills and a light footprint on the surrounding Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.
A 1000' great room addition will be added to this 1930's existing farmhouse. The new structure will feature concrete slab flooring, with integral radiant heat, and tall ceilings with large windows showcasing expansive views to the east hills of Hood River. The addition is connected to the existing building across the front and back covered porches, which utilize reclaimed cedar siding marrying the new and old portions of the structure.
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.
Perched in the Columbia river Gorge Scenic Area above the town of Mosier, this home will accommodate the multiple needs of a growing family. Open and flexible interior living spaces adjacent to large covered porches provide room to maneuver and an integral connection to the outdoors. The home is partially bermmed into an earthen slope to minimize its exposure from key viewing areas in the Scenic Area, as well as to take advantage of the natural insulating potential of the earth. Large overhangs coupled with south facing windows and a slab concrete floor will provide excellent passive solar heat in the winter while shading the building in the summer.
This 1500 square foot house design is comprised of multiple single use shipping containers partially cantilevered above the ground to invoke the sensibility of living among the trees on its sloped lot. The design will take advantage of many of the inherent structural and spatial opportunities of building with containers, without sacrificing convenience or efficiency of the overall home.