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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

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)

solar tax credit

 

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 CityCabins.com 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 CityCabins.com or contact Adrian Willanger @ 206 909-7536.

City Cabins: swapping granite counters for solar panels

City Cabins SolarCity Cabins: swapping granite counters for solar panels

You won’t find any trendy granite counters in the two remaining high-performance City Cabin™  homes in Seattle’s Columbia City.  What you will find is the gift that keeps giving…solar panels.  The last two available homes both come with a 1.5KW photovoltaic (PV) array.

Buyers will receive a Federal Tax credit of 30% of the cost of purchasing and installing the solar system on the homes estimated between $10,000-$12,000.  This size PV system is estimated to offset the electric bills by approximately 12% per year.  The all electric high-performance homes are projected (with normal usage) to have an annual electrical expense of $548 per year.

Replacing the granite counters is a next-gen one piece stainless steel backsplash, counter and sink.  Durability, usability and performance were part of design decisions in selecting the materials and equipment used in the kitchen.

 

The next-gen City Cabins™  will be open this week-end  Saturday 9/28/2013 from 11Am-2PM and Sunday 9/29/2013 from 1-4PM.

 

Electrifying: The high-performance City Cabins gaining traction

Electrifying: The high-performance City Cabins gaining traction

The all-electric new high-performance City Cabin™ homes, built by Martha Rose Construction,  in Seattle’s Columbia City are starting to get some serious interest.  After a post Memorial Day opening where buyer traffic was less than expected the pace has quickened to the point where  two sales have happened in the last 5 days.

“The recent weekend open house traffic has been very good” mentions listing Broker Adrian Willanger.  “The jumping-off point was when we got our Home Rating Energy Certifications.”

“We could talk about the home’s super-insulation package, LED lighting, triple pane windows and all the other energy saving features all day long” mentions Willanger,  but what  really made the difference is having the third party documentation.  Being able to  show buyers how much they could save on utility cost compared to  existing homes and code built new homes is huge, when home buyers could see they could be saving $1000s of dollars a year on utilities, over a ten year period this can be quite substantial.

The homes independent third-party verification  rating was done  by Tadashi Shiga, founder of Evergreen Certified, LLC,  projected the homes total energy cost between $548-$645 a year.  That includes;  heating/cooling, hot water, lights/appliances and hot water.

For more information on the high-performance City Cabin™ homes visit CityCabins.com or contact Adrian Willanger @ 206 909.7536.

The City Cabin Electric Company

Enerty rating cert

The City Cabin Electric Company

The new City Cabin high-performance homes can be classified as electrifying!  Perhaps the type of homes Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla envisioned in the early 1880s when trying to maximize the electric current output.  All the all-electric City Cabin homes have been built and designed to save the home owners on utility costs as well as increased indoor living comfort.

The virtually air tight City Cabins™, have a HERS rating of 55 for the outer units and 39 for the middle units. The HERS Index is the nationally recognized scoring system for measuring a home’s energy performance. Based on the results, an energy-rated home will receive a HERS Index Score. The HERS Index Score can be described as a sort of miles-per-gallon (MPG) sticker for houses, giving prospective buyers and homeowners an insight as to how the home ranks in terms of energy efficiency.

From induction cooking to all LED lightening and solar panels the City Cabins are offering these upgrades as standard features.  Other electric amenities would include garages that are pre-wired for electric car charging stations, instant hot water tanks, super-insulation and triple pane windows.

The homes are modeled to cost the home home-owners $548 for their yearly electricity cost. For more information visit CityCabins.com or contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.

The cross-genre City Cabins

Steampunk craftsman

The cross-genre City Cabins

Martha Rose’s new high-performance City Cabin™ homes in Seattle’s Columbia City are an equal part of retro styling with futuristic technology. Not surprising when you sit down and talk to the builder Martha Rose who’s been in the building industry for over four-decades.

The City Cabins 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.

Technological 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 sales information contact Adrian Willanger @ 206 909-7536 or visit CityCabins.com.

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