The Scott Homes and Northwest Energy Team Spring 2013 Tour of Homes is this Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Bergford House
This is a (gorgeous!) 1925 kit built Craftsman farm house. Up until last spring it was drafty and damp and a bear to heat. The Bergfords started with some very simple, low-cost upgrades to make their home more comfortable like air sealing and insulation in the roof. Then they gradually added more “involved” upgrades that addressed their home’s needs and behaviors, like ductless heat pumps and vents with humidistats.
The Teacher’s Cottage
We talk to a lot of people looking to downsize. And we talk to a lot of soon-to-be-retirees whose investments were dented by recent market failures. The Teacher’s Cottage is an example of affordable downsizing in an extremely energy efficient home.
In addition to the usual technologies we use to when we build our custom homes — structural insulated panels (SIP), ductless heat pumps (DHP) and heat recovery ventilators (HRV) — we designed the 1160 square foot home for additions and upgrades in the future. The owner wanted to build with the money she had on hand so we made space in her home’s design for things like a garage and a more luxurious bath.
The Farm House
Winner of ENERGY STAR’s Home of the Year “Most Cost Effective”! This is a great house built at an affordable price for a military family of five. The owners had lived in an extremely energy efficient home before so they knew the value and benefits. Their new home has a thoughtful design embraces the family’s daily activities and provides space to celebrate holidays, special occasions and the odd surprise life like to throw at us.
This home serves as an excellent model of what can be done to balance good energy efficient performance with a smaller budget. The Farm House owners call their house “The Little House That Could” because of its size, its color and its wonderful performance.
The Inspiration Home
Winner of ENERGY STAR’s Home of the Year “Best Demonstration Project”! Last year we opened this home as a showcase to demonstrate how energy efficiency technologies can support a home rather than just be something to brag about.
In addition to all the solar panels and SIPs and amazing windows, it is a really attractive home built with a Universal Design floor plan. Don’t let all the fancy Craftsman touches like coffered ceilings and breakfast nooks and built-in’s fool you. This house is designed to be lived in by as many people of as many abilities as possible. If you have a friend or a family member who likes to tour homes but has trouble with steps or doorways, bring them just for the fun of it.
We’ve written a lot about the Inspiration Home. If you want all the details, type “Inspiration Home” in the Search box in the middle upper right.