Exterior, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material While the home’s simple, boxy forms starkly contrast with surrounding residences, its compact shape and modest scale help it fit into the traditional neighborhood without calling attention to itself. The house was built around a large birch tree, with dwarf fountain grass and porcupine grass planted in front. A weeping blue atlas cedar provides a focal point near the front door.  Super-Insulated Houses That Stand Up to Winter's Chill by Heather Corcoran from A Green Portland Home Built to Passive House Standards

Super-Insulated Houses That Stand Up to Winter's Chill

While the home’s simple, boxy forms starkly contrast with surrounding residences, its compact shape and modest scale help it fit into the traditional neighborhood without calling attention to itself. The house was built around a large birch tree, with dwarf fountain grass and porcupine grass planted in front. A weeping blue atlas cedar provides a focal point near the front door.

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