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.
Credits: Hammer & Hand.