Our clients were relocating from the east coast and wanted to build a new home, on a view lot, in city limits. With these parameters in mind they found a steep infill lot and quickly set to work with local Architect Mike Smith designing their dream home.
Building a new, high performance home is both a craft and a science. It is possible to make a high performance building that is also beautiful. We pride ourselves on building durable, efficient, healthy, comfortable homes, here's how we do it:
- We installed 3” of exterior cork insulation to the entire structure. Exterior insulation helps reduce thermal bridging, provides sound proofing and acts as insulation.
- In addition to exterior insulation we added insulation to the walls, floor and ceiling that is well beyond code requirements.
- On this project we used high performance, locally manufactured Cascadia fiberglass windows. Fiberglass has been called ‘the lumber of the future’ and ‘the ultimate window frame’ because no other window frame material matches its performance.
- Aggressive air sealing is standard on all of our projects. We achieved a final blower door test of 0.8 ACH (air changes per hour.) Passive house standard is a maximum of 0.6 air changes per hour, needless to say 0.8 ACH is pretty darn good.
- Another standard detail is a weather barrier system. We installed a rainscreens and SIGA weather resistive barrier to protect the wall construction from condensation build-up and liquid moisture, reduce air infiltration, and allow moisture vapor to pass and sheathing to dry.
- We installed a heat pump that is used for both radiant floor heating and hot water.
The interior designer for this project was Michelle Banks. At the time she was an employee of Chuckanut Builders, she now owns and operates Spiral Design Studio. The interiors are green, classic, clean and durable.
- Low VOC finishes
- No carpet
- Green Guard certified quartz countertops
- Certified tile, to ensure green production, recyclability, and free of toxins
- Domestically harvested cherry flooring
- Locally fabricated, steel clad fireplace surround
- Very durable and zero maintenance concrete pavers and metal railings
On all of our projects we simultaneously consider durability and function and beauty. The team on the Bright Green Project hit all of those points, creating a lovely building that will last for generations.
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Front entry of the Bright Green project
The view side of the Bright Green project.
Custom, passive house rated door by HH Windows and Doors in Seattle, Washington
Custom cabinets by New Whatcom Interiors with Green Guard certified quartz countertops.
The kitchen cabinets were built locally by New Whatcom Interiors. The steel clad fireplace surround, in the background, was locally fabricated.
The living and dining rooms open onto the upper deck, all with bay views!
Floors throughout the house are domestically harvested cherry. For the decks used durable, super low maintenance concrete pavers and metal railings.
Check out this super tidy mechanical room!
Beautiful, durable stairway.
Lovely, simple guest bathroom.