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Real Green Building Systems Research Home

Real Green Building Systems Research Home

My top priorities were saving over 75 % energy and 50% water conservation thru reclamation over a convention home. I was also testing out the IECC 2009 section 405.3 performance standards utilizing...

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A New Greek Revival timeless style

A New Greek Revival timeless style

Building on a tight city lot was not what I was accustomed to, we always built on open country estates.  Stick building was what we did, but this would also be my first experience with panelized...

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EarthCraft Certified Lake Home - Net Zero - Ventanas al Cielo (Windows to Heaven)

EarthCraft Certified Lake Home - Net Zero - Ventanas al Cielo (Windows to Heaven)

I always wanted to build a home, but as you are about to see not just any type of home. On October 23, 2006,my wife and I committed to making that dream a reality and bought a 0.34 acre lot on Lake...

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Home for My Family

Home for My Family

We built an addition onto a small bungalow in a historic district, where we wanted to fully explore building with an ecological awareness.  Fortunately, the historic review board supported our...

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Forest House

Forest House

Built on a rock outcropping next to a small stream and several trout ponds this house finds a slice of light within a forest setting. A low pitch roof follows the grade of the bedrock, while a simple...

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Gulf Island Bed and Breakfast

Gulf Island Bed and Breakfast

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This project is a 2,400sf home and bed and breakfast now under construction on Bowen Island, which is a Island Municipality located in the northern gulf Islands (20 minutes by ferry to West...

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Big Brother Little Sister

Big Brother Little Sister

  The project: The residences – fashioned for a couple of empty nesters whose youngest child inhabits the laneway home – demonstrate that eco density can be green, affordable and well...

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Ranch-Style Dressing...

Ranch-Style Dressing...

PROJECT SUMMARY After living in the outdated 1950's ranch-style house for 30 years, an acclaimed Artist-Wife and her Architect-Husband transformed the existing structure into a custom home for the...

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Texas Vineyard Hillside House

Texas Vineyard Hillside House

This home was designed from the ground up to be near-net zero energy efficient, with a sustainable approach to all materials and maximum coexistence with a 7.5-acre hillside property certified as...

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Earth, Stone and Wood

Earth, Stone and Wood

Our top priorities in building this project were to build in a small footprint, use natural building products, and to build so well that the house would stand for generations to come. We wanted to...

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An Addition for a Dinner Party

An Addition for a Dinner Party

The desire to have a dinner party for 10 guests, all the while being able to connect to them from a new kitchen, inspired this gut rehab with new colors and materials and an addition. The reskinning...

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Add and Transform with Space and Light

Add and Transform with Space and Light

If Chicago is personified by Nelson Algren as a woman with a broken nose, then Grand Boulevard's descent from a fashionable neighborhood at the time of the Columbian Exposition in 1893 into...

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Sisters of the Sea

Sisters of the Sea

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The Sisters of the Sea are five traditional cottages inspired by the Tidewater Victorian Architecture of the Chesapeake Bay area.  The much applauded coastal development of East Beach, in Norfolk...

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A Pacific Northwest Biophilic Home

A Pacific Northwest Biophilic Home

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The biophilia hypothesis, originally introduced by Edward O. Wilson and more recently applied to architecture by Grant Hildebrand, argues that biological evolution has given us instinctual...

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Craftsman Makeover

Craftsman Makeover

A Craftsman makeover of a plain house included a front porch, foyer, and Man Cloud over the garage.

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The Cabin

The Cabin

This was a remodel of a standard kit log cabin (2br 1ba) into a very energy efficient and low-maintenance family home (3br 2ba). Armed with a strong command of the opportunities for energy...

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Island Beach Cottage

Island Beach Cottage

The goal was to redesign and remodel an island guest cottage, originally built as a shed in the 1930's, and situated 150 feet from the western shore with views of the San Juan Islands - on a 6 month...

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Meadow House

Meadow House

A new efficient house for a family of four on a gently sloping meadow with views of the Rocky Mountains.

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Woodland

Woodland

This 1960's era split-level home came with three delightfully wooded acres and an awkward floor plan. Our clients loved their close-to-the-city, country-like surroundings and beautiful outdoor...

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Bungalow Update

Bungalow Update

This shingle house sits high on a hill with panoramic city views. It had been loved for 100 years but was in need of serious upgrades from foundation to roof. Originally built as a compact bungalow...

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Digger Mountain Retreat

Digger Mountain Retreat

Interested in constructing a structure that could be used as a gathering place for extended family, the owner also desired to create a place to meet and conduct business for their growing FSC forest...

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Toronto Remodel

Toronto Remodel

  Located in Toronto, Ontario, the existing home was built in the early fifties in one of the first real suburbs in the city called Don Mills.  At the time, Don Mills was revolutionary in its...

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Windram House

Windram House

Our clients had invested in a beautiful site, 11 rolling acres alongside a pristine creek with forest all around. The fly in the ointment was a drab early-80's ranch house perched on the home...

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Main Line Residence

Main Line Residence

Originally from Austria the owners would have preferred to live in a glass and steel cube, but in favor of the suburban Philadelphia community and surrounding architecture they chose to marry the...

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Mediterranean Villa

Mediterranean Villa

Our clients, two generations of the same family, wanted to share a home without sharing households. The setting: a 9000 square foot, 1924 Mediterranean Revival duplex located in a designated historic...

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Philpott Residence

Philpott Residence

This Colonial Revival style home was originally built in the 1930s. During the 1960s there was a strict modern addition that included a long hallway, family room, and a master bedroom and bathroom on...

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Weekend home in Hill Country

Weekend home in Hill Country

This custom home was designed and built by Hills of Texas Homes for clients wanting a small weekend home in the cozy town of Fredericksburg Texas. This house was built using engineered walls and...

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