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The clients desired a three-bedroom house built for under $200,000 that has low energy needs, uses renewable resources, and sits quietly in the landscape.


Start with a simple and restrained house form, and add drama and beauty with a bold and expansive screen porch and carport. We grew the livable space in a modest house by placing a wood stove on the screen porch, allowing 3 1/2 season use. The living spaces face south, and capture the all the available sun and light.

The house is heated by a highly efficient and compact boiler, because the outside walls are highly insulated with efficient low-e windows, and the compact floor plan allows heat to move throughout the house without a complex and expensive water distribution system. This house is a vivid example of living lightly on the land, ensuring affordability both now and in the future.