House on the Hill: Ground Up Passive Build


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Stunning architectural details distinguish this exterior top to bottom. Japanese Shou Sugi Ban siding with cedar accents are juxtaposed against the corrugated metal roofing, adding warmth and balance to this idyllic design. Rough-sawn timber frame porches and cypress decking unify the building with its natural hillside surroundings. Inside, the ground floor is a combination of glossy polished concrete and maple hardwood. The kitchen features white, flat panel cabinetry, a custom waterfall butcher block island counter, and a professional grade pizza oven capable of over 900 degree temps. The entire three bedroom house is heated with an energy efficient combination boiler providing both in-floor radiant heat and domestic hot water. With a tightly sealed and highly insulated envelope, an HRV ventilation systems adds much needed fresh air without compromising energy bills. 17′ vaulted ceilings elevates the second floor and includes a bonus loft space. The master bathroom features heated Moroccan style concrete tile, a soaking tub and stand-up shower.


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