Eco Modern Home on the Columbia River

This is the Vancouver Airport Home, or the Hotchkiss Residence, located along the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.  It was designed by Rick Berry of Scott Edwards Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand for retired couple in need of a single-level, one-bedroom abode.  The owners have lived on the site for 40 years and the existing structure was recycled prior to building this one.

The single-family home was sited to optimize a southern view towards the Columbia River.  A nine-foot, cantilevered overhang shades the interior and provides an outdoor refuge from the rain and other elements.  Floor to ceiling windows strengthen the view and outdoor connection.

To conserve resources, Vancouver Airport Home has a passive solar design, high efficiency windows, advanced framing and insulation, heat recovery ventilation, and efficient appliances and fixtures.  All wood and concrete was sourced locally.

The 2,000 square-foot structure includes advanced framing with 1″ of spray foam and 4.5″ of blown-in insulation, 6.3″ of Johns Manville rigid roof insulation, a light-colored TPO roof membrane, Cascadia fiberglass windows (operable at low and high openings), and a CMU chimney with insulation and a thermal break.

There are Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient lights, and low-flow toilets.  In addition to the HRV, the home has 90%-efficient electric hot water heating and 90%-efficient gas radiant floor heating.

Like several other Hammer & Hand projects we’ve seen, this one is contemporary yet warm and thoughtfully executed.  In case you’re wondering about the name, the “airport” reference comes from its proximity to the airport.

[+] More info on the Vancouver Airport Home.

Credits: Hammer & Hand.

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  • Steve Bez

    Loving all that natural light!

  • M O Daby design

    Another great Scott/Edwards project…..and the HandH crew….Nice work!

  • Nktpolk401

    Okay I love the kitchen, but where the heck is their fridge?

  • Lisa Mr Smith

    This is beautiful, will you please post a floor plan?

  • Mark Alan Effinger

    I run by this every night. It’s about 3 blocks away – and totally inspiring.
    Immediately behind this is a brand new high-end cul-d-sac of McMansions (classic Parade of Homes). And this one SHOULD have inspired all of them. Every element of this home is timeless. Modern. And clearly organic.

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