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Eco Modern Ranch Remodel in Portland

This is a renovation of a ranch-style home located in the Alberta Arts District in Portland, Oregon.  The owners, builders, and designers — Michelle Ruber and Klaas de Jonge of Encircle Design Build  — renovated the old home with locally-sourced materials and contemporary design.  It’s now used as a short-term, vacation rental to “provide people a home that embodies Portland’s energies of creativity and ecologically minded ways.

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1958 Home Gets a Modern Renovation

This is a home in North Vancouver that was originally built in 1958.  The owners, architect Jim Paul and landscape architect Nancy Paul, acquired the home and invested in a significant overhaul that salvaged or retained 75-80% of the original fabric and materials.  The result is a post and beam style, Pacific Northwest modern home that’s also a nice case study for renovating an aged structure.

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Stunning Net-Zero Energy Homes of 2011

The biennial Solar Decathlon finished today and teams will begin the grunt work of taking their homes back or sending them off if the homes were acquired.  As we’ve done in the past, here’s a short roundup of all 19 Solar Decathlon homes for 2011.  The competition fosters the design, build, and operation of net-zero energy homes that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  Maryland won the entire competition, and Appalachian State was given the People’s Choice Award

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Porch House Prefab by Lake Flato

San Antonio-based Lake|Flato, an architectural firm with several AIA COTE Top 10 green projects, this week announced its latest endeavor in the world of prefab with the Porch House.  Porch House is an eco-friendly home that combines factory-built modules and custom outdoor elements, such as porches, breezeways, carports, and terraces.  The result is a contemporary, site-specific, LEED-certified home that can be delivered in about six- to nine-months after the inception of design.

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Butterfly Roofline Prefab on Sauvie Island

Modern prefab in Oregon with butterfly roofline

This is one of the latest sustainable prefab homes from Seattle-based Stillwater Dwellings.  The home has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 2,300 square feet with a signature soaring butterfly roofline, a great room, and 360-degree views of Sauvie Island, Mount St. Helen, Mount Hood, and Mount Rainier.  After solar panels are installed, the owners expect to submit paperwork in line with LEED Gold certification.

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New Norris House Seeks LEED Platinum

The University of Tennessee recently opened the New Norris House, a 21st-century home that revisits the old Norris community project.  As background, during the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority built a model community as part of a water works project in Tennessee.  According to the New Norris House site, the old Norris homes were innovative and included electricity and heating systems for the first time in the region.

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