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High-performance homes with a swagger

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High performance home-builder Martha Rose, president of Martha Rose Construction, Inc., embraces the concept of durability, functionality and the virtues of relaxing at home while spending less to maintain your new home.

Currently about 25% of new homes built in Seattle are Built Green, projected to reach 50% in the upcoming years, Rose’s newest homes, City Cabins in Seattle’s Licton Springs, are being built for higher indoor air quality, lower utility bills and incorporating smart sophisticated design features.

Smart features design features like strategically installing USB plug-ins, say bye-bye to the 3 prong outlets and welcome to the homes are ready for iPads, tablets and smart phones. Both of the new high-performance homes are wired for solar panels and car charging stations.

Technologically the homes offer a nice alternative to traditional building with high-efficiency appliances and equipment, all LED lighting, heat-recovery-ventilator, wired for electric charging stations and solar panels just to name some of the standard features that make up the new City Cabins.

The new high-performance homes in Seattle are scheduled for early 2015 release for more information or pre-sale opportunities contact Adrian Willanger  206 909-7536.

Behind the “Walls Tour”

High-performance home tour

Behind the “Walls Tour”

Saturday November 1, 2014 from 10 AM – 2 PM for the first and only behind the walls tour of her latest high-performance City Cabins at Indian Wall.  Attendees will learn first-hand the latest building science & technology and materials that are used to make these next-gen high performance homes more comfortable, energy efficient and sustainable.

Location: 92nd and Ashworth Ave N

Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Date: Saturday November 1, 2014

Refreshments will be served

Remember to dress warmly this is a pre-drywall home tour.

For information on pre-sales contact Adrian Willanger

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“Behind The Walls Tour” in Seattle

“Behind the Walls Tour in Seattle

Join high-performance home builder Martha Rose Saturday November 1, 2014 from 10AM-2PM  for a “behind the Walls Tour” showcasing her latest City Cabins at Indian Wall.  Martha will be on hand to give tours and provide home buyers, building professionals and real estate  professionals what makes these homes special.



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Triple pane windows added to Seattle high-performance homes

Triple pane windows added to Seattle high-performance home

Seattle high-performance home builder Martha Rose has selected to use Ply Gem’s Pro-Series triple-pane windows for their newest collection of City Cabins at Indian Wall in Seattle’s Licton Springs neighborhood. About Ply Gem Ply Gem Windows has always had a clear vision for the future.  For years, builders, architects, and consumers have chosen Ply Gem Windows for more than their beauty. They have come to rely on our products for their durability, low-maintenance and improved energy efficiency. ……ply Gem white papers

The new City Cabins at Indian Wall are scheduled for an early 2015 completion for more information contact Adrian Willanger @206 909-7536.   Sign up on our mailing list to get Indian Wall updates!

America’s Home, 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 Licton Springs 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 efficiency they’ve become known for. Waste reduction, building efficiency 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 Cabins homes in Seattle’s Licton Springs neighborhood  are currently under construction and are scheduled for release in early 2015. For more information visit or contact Adrian Willanger @ 206 909-7536.

Want to know more about the new High-Performance City Cabins

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     Want to know more about the new High-Performance City Cabins 

Stay updated on all the happenings,events and pre-sale information for  Martha Rose’s latest high-performance City Cabins in Seattle’s well connected Licton Springs neighborhood.  The two high-performance homes are due for release in early 2015.

Seattle's newest high-performance homes

City Cabins Advance Wall Framing

advance wall framing at City Cabins

Illustration credit: DOE Office of Building Technology

City Cabins Advance Framing

Seattle high-performance home builder Martha Rose’s latest City Cabins located in the Licton Springs neighborhood are quickly approaching lock up stage.

Rose who builds very energy efficient homes believes in utilizing integrated building and design techniques that will help reduce the amount and size of heating and cooling system needed for their new City Cabin homes.  Starting with the insulated slab foundation followed by the advance framing techniques used in all of their new homes.

High-performance City CabinsAdvance framing refers to a range of framing techniques designed to reduce the amount of wood used and waste generated in the building process.  Advance framing helps improve energy efficiencies by replacing the lumber with insulation material reducing thermal bridging and adding to the interior comfort of the homes.

The exterior wall systems are part of the integrated design process that helps to keep out moisture and wind, and greatly reduces the need for large heating and cooling components, increasing indoor thermal comfort by reducing drafts and overall utility costs.

The new high-performance City Cabins will be available in early 2015. For more information contact Adrian Willanger @ 206 909-7536 Contact Adrian Willanger

NAHB Green Awards

NAHB  Green awards The 2014 NAHB Green Building Advocate of the Year Winners In 2014, the NAHB Green Awards were presented in five categories, including Green Building Advocate of the Year. The Green Advocate award honors those groups and individuals who have demonstrated unique dedication to informing and inspiring others on the benefits of green building for homeowners and for the planet.

Martha Rose The 2014 NAHB Green Building Advocate of the Year Winners Advocate Builder Winner: Martha Rose, Martha Rose Construction, Inc., Seattle, Washington.
City Cabins The 2014 NAHB Green Building Advocate of the Year Winners

Martha Rose Construction builds green high-performance homes; their goal is to help builders achieve a zero-net energy use home that is competitively priced in the market place. For many years, Martha has been holding on site and off site educational sessions to teach people about green building features and the benefits .

Martha said, ” When it comes to marketing the value of energy efficient and healthy homes, education is probably one of our greatest tools. I am honored and humbled by this award that acknowledges the effort I have put into teaching about sustainability.”

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High-performance homes in Seattle gets 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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