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High-performance homes in Seattle get pervious pavement

High-performance homes in Seattle get pervious pavement

Seattle high-performance home builder Martha Rose, President of Martha Rose Construction, Inc.,  has fully embraced low-impact development (LID) strategies when developing the new collection of City Cabin®  homes at Indian Wall.  The high-performance homes being built in Seattle’s Licton Springs neighborhood is being designed and built to capture stormwater run off before it gets back into the local water ways.

One component of our stormwater infrastructure is pervious concrete which allows the rain water to drain through and get purified by the rock underneath. The crushed rock basin under the road also holds the rain water until the ground has a chance to absorb it. In this video, one can see the process of pouring this concrete mix that ends up looking like rice crackers. Two people handle the bunion, which is a spinning screed that levels off the surface. Immediately after pouring, plastic is put over it for two or more weeks to allow proper curing.

Another of Rose’s sustainable building practices that helps promote better stormwater management is adding green roofs and rain barrels to each of their new City Cabin homes.

For more information regarding the new high-performance City Cabin homes contact Adrian Willanger  @ 206 909-7536.

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The Art of Demolition

The Art of Demolition

Seattle high-performance home builder Martha Rose, president of Martha Rose Construction, Inc., has made it a habit to carefully deconstruct any structure that is on any of the building sites she purchases.  Rose’s latest site Indian Wall where a 1960 duplex was deconstructed making way for two new high-performance homes will be built was dismantled board by board and nail by nail.  The job of dismantling an old structure is dirty and difficult at best and one can only imagine is it worth the extra effort?

2x4 stack IIUndoubtedly it would be easier to bulldoze and haul off to the recycling center.  What would be missed is the reclaimed old growth Douglas fir 2x6s and 2x10s that are far superior to the Hemlock fir lumber you typically find at today’s job sites.   The shiplap siding that was carefully removed will be up-cycled into finish wood in the new homes that will occupy the site.  The dimensional framing lumber will be re-used as framing for the new high-performance homes.

Framing for the two new homes, located just north of Seattle’s Green Lake area,2x6 stack II will begin in August 2014. For more information regarding the newest collection of City Cabin homes at Indian Wall contact Adrian Willanger @ 206 909-7536.

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High-performance Seattle homebuilder chooses to deconstruct

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High-performance Seattle homebuilder chooses to deconstruct

Seattle homebuilder Martha Rose, President of Martha Rose construction, when possible chooses to deconstruct and recycle existing structure on a building site as opposed to the standard demolishing and hauling away.

Rose has been building high-performance green homes in the Seattle market since the inception of the King and Snohomish County Built Green program over 10 years ago.  Recycling and using material with recycle content is a large part of green building.

Much of the dimensional lumber from the deconstruction of the side-by-side duplex that occupied the site since the early 1950 will be reused in framing the new high-performance City Cabin homes that will be constructed on the site.  Construction on the new City Cabin homes will begin in late May or early June 2014. For more information contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536/

Seattle high performance builder builds a “pretty good house”

Seattle high performance builder builds a “pretty good house”

Over the last five years we’ve seen somewhat of a market transformation in home building in the Seattle area.  Increased demand for energy efficiency and healthy homes that are LEED, Energy Star, Passivhaus or Built Green certified are in demand.

Many builders are still building what sells and aren’t going the extra distance to make their homes sustainably better.  High-performance home builder Martha Rose, President of Martha Rose Construction Inc., has been building multi-certified high performance homes ever since the rating systems were established.

All of Rose’s high-performance homes are independently third party verified making sure they live up to their claims.  Many builders are tired or don’t want to go through the rigors of the certification process.  They just want to build a pretty good house.  This is the new concept that could be the next big thing in home building.

The Pretty Good House conception started in Maine by a group of home energy professionals who meet monthly to come up with some of the guidelines and ideas of what a Pretty Good House would look like.

Rose designs and builds her homes for conditions found in a Marine climate found in the Pacific Northwest.  Beginning with an integrated design concept and a very specific site plan dealing with erosion, tree protection, orientation and stormwater control, and any other site related issues.

Many of this design- built systems used by Rose are found in some of the principles of a Pretty Good House building model.   Such as:

  • Energy modeling for home’s projected energy consumption
  • Complete and continuous building envelope, minimal air leakage
  • Blower door tested
  • Super insulated
  • Reduced thermal bridging
  • Local sourcing of materials and resource efficiency

These are just a few of the similarities that are found in Martha Rose’s high-performance homes and the Pretty Good Homes being built around the country.

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Rose’s high-performance City Cabins in Seattle sold out



Rose’s high-performance City Cabins in Seattle sold out

Martha Rose’s latest project, City Cabins™ at Columbia Station, is sold out.  The high-performance homes featured a nice blend of authenticity and sustainability in building techniques and materials used to build the homes.  The home’s “back to the basic” approach of design was extremely well received.

Home buyers liked Rose’s approach to interior finishes that included open beam ceilings, concrete floor, stainless steel counters and the bountiful use of Ponderosa Pine for the kitchen cabinets and the home’s finish work.

The super-insulated City Cabin™ homes were equipped high-end Energy Star appliances, heating & cooling equipment and a heat-recovery-ventilator

Careful selection of building materials and finishes were selected to reduce the VOCs within the home while the heat-recovery-ventilator provides the occupants with fresh filtered air 24/7.

Sales and marketing of the City Cabin™ homes was handled by Eco-Redux Media and Adrian Willanger.

City Cabin home buyers eligible for 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit (on 2 remaining homes)

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Contact Adrian Willanger for more details @ 206 909-7536.

America’s Homes, City Cabins

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America’s Homes, City Cabins

When award winning green home builder Martha Rose, president of Martha Rose Construction, started the planning process for their newest collection of high-performance homes in Seattle’s Columbia City a few things were extremely important to focus on in the planning stage; future proofing and affordability.

Rose, primarily a spec-home-builder, is continually challenged with keeping the cost inline when building high-performance homes without sacrificing the quality and energy efficiencies they’ve become known for.

Waste reduction, building efficiencies and experienced construction workers help reduce some of the construction and material cost that can easily escalate quickly if you aren’t keeping a close watch.

Their newest groups of high-performance homes, City Cabins™, are a unique blend of traditional exteriors with Restoration Hardware type interior finishes.  Utilizing materials, equipment, appliances and building science to deliver homes that will function well into the future saving the homeowners on utility and maintenance costs.

The next-gen City Cabin homes are currently on the market in Seattle’s Columbia City and will be open Sunday October 13, 2013 from 1PM-4PM. For more information visit or contact Adrian Willanger @ 206 909-7536.

Did you wake up Jonesing for a High-Performance home is Seattle?

Did you wake up Jonesing for a High-Performance home is Seattle?

“Jonesing or Jones” slang for yearning or craving, i.e. keeping up with the Jones. Martha Rose’s new City Cabins are raising the bar for functional creature comforts that the new home buyer is looking for. Rose’s new all electric high-performance homes have certain sense of authenticity.

Not surprising the new City Cabin™  homes are a blend of utilitarian objects and building materials that have been utilized into design features throughout the development of the high-performance homes. Open beamed ceilings with stained plywood ceiling are not only part of the structure but are worked into the retro-craftsman finished styling.

Insulated concrete floors, high-performance insulation and triple pane windows are part of the house as a system approach to the design and building of the City Cabin homes. Designed for comfort, durability and health the finished elements are selected to achieve these goals through a “building synergy” where each part enhances the performance of the other.

The cross-genre City Cabins can easily fit into a “form + function” definition as well as a craftsman styling with futuristic technology description. Both metaphors fit equally well.

Technologically the homes offer a nice alternative to traditional building with high-efficiency appliances and equipment, all LED lighting, heat-recovery-ventilator, solar-panels (in 3 of the 4 homes), garages wired for electric charging stations and plugins for smart devices are all included as standard features.

Make no mistake; these homes are filled with substance and character.  For more information visit or contact Adrian Willanger @ 206 909-7536.