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.”
Method Homes, a Seattle-based manufacturer of green prefab homes, recently introduced two new home lines, the Option Series and Elemental Series. The former was created in collaboration with Seattle-based Grouparchitect and the latter was created in collaboration with Seattle-based PB Elemental. Both lines offer flexibility in the form of multiple configurations and can be built from the $130s per square foot.
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.
At Greenbuild, the USGBC presented the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers, and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. An independent panel of judges decided on a diverse selection of these single-family, multifamily, affordable, and development projects:
Carolyn and Kyle Cave, both university professors in Hadley, Massachusetts, built this super-insulated home to minimize energy consumption. Then they dropped a 20kW solar PV array on the roof and now use energy from the sun to generate a surplus that also powers this tiny little Wheego LiFe electric vehicle. I was able to ask Carolyn Cave a few questions about their solar-powered situation, and this is a portion of that response: