Built for Foul Weather
A new home on the Oregon coast blends reclaimed materials with durable details
When you are building on the coastline in Oregon, you need to be ready for the most extreme conditions possible. For architect Nathan Good, this project was an opportunity not only to mind potentially harsh conditions but also to work with an assortment of materials reclaimed from a lumber warehouse built in 1938. At about 2200 sq. ft., the timber-frame house achieved a gold LEED rating. The house’s energy-efficient details include exterior walls insulated with both spray foam and blown-in fiberglass; low-e windows; an air-to-water heat pump; an efficient wood-burning fireplace that serves as a backup heat source; and a Zehnder heat-recovery ventilator. Because the house is built close to the shore, the side of the house facing the Pacific was built with a 4-ft.-high concrete wall to protect the home from surges and impact from debris.