Warm Modern Montrose House in Virginia

Latitude 38, a design-build firm out of Charlottesville, started this home on spec until the current owners, Mark Hampton and Jay Alexander, fell in love, according to local magazine Abode.  Montrose House has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, 1,837-square feet, and an open layout on two levels.  Hampton and Alexander walked through the place while under construction and immediately connected with the layout.

The rest, as they say, is history.  Hampton and Alexander moved in to the $345,000 home last August and will finish the landscaping this spring.

Montrose House ended up with a 56 HERS – meaning it’s 44% more efficient that the baseline standard code home – and both EarthCraft and Energy Star certifications, according to Joey Conover, co-owner of Latitude 38.

For energy efficiency, Latitude 38 built the home with a tight envelope that tested at 1.08 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals.  They did that with an ICF crawlspace (5″ foam/6″ poured concrete), 6″ of recycled-content cellulose in the walls (R19), open-cell blown foam insulation in the roof (R25), an exterior 1″ coat of Dow foam (R5.5), and dual-pane, argon-filled Pella windows.

Conover told Jetson Green that the firm has been building tighter and tighter and may even test out Passive House in the near future.  To keep the air fresh in a tight home like this, Montrose House has an UltimateAir ERV with a 19-SEER 2.5 ton HVAC system.

The home also has Energy Star appliances including a Frigidaire fridge, IKEA dishwasher, Samsung stove and range, and Hampton Bay ceiling fans.  To conserve water, there are WaterSense Jacuzzi Espree toilets, a Kohler Persuade dual-flush toilet, water-saving fixtures, and low-flow showerheads.

The interior has accents of Ponderosa pine and floors made with oak mill remnants.  The exterior, in addition to an Energy Star metal roof of Galvalume, features a blend of Siberian Larch and James Hardie fiber cement.  It’s a striking combination with something of a Pacific Northwest Modern feel – warm, friendly, and contemporary at the same time.

Credits: Ross McDermott (interior); Joey Conover (exterior).


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