Not your grandfather’s City Cabins
Martha Rose’s newest hi-performance homes on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill have borrowed old school cabin design elements; building techniques, craftsmanship, attitudes that form follows function mixed with an abundance of natural materials. The energy-efficient homes are an inspiring look into the next-gen of homes, built with modern hi-tech construction techniques and hi-performance equipment and appliances.
Borrowing from the Arts and Crafts movement Rose has wisely integrating bits and pieces of the pre-industrial faction into City Cabins. Blending natural materials into finished products, recycled tongue and groove wood plank flooring becomes part of the structure; large Douglas Fir laminated beams create stability while adding interesting architectural elements to the interior.
Blacksmith-Artesian Silas Maddox, owner of Forge & Nail, has been contracted to add elements of beauty that also serve a function and create longer lasting value to the project. While walking around the homes you can’t help but notice the identifiable hand forged elements that are purposeful and add to the overall look and feel of City Cabins, these small details are often overlooked in spec home building, yet, really add to the authentic look and feel of the finished homes.
The artful blending of Arts and Crafts elements together with high-tech building science are an extremely rare combination in spec-building. Yet, Rose believes that to truly differentiate her homes from the competition she needs to keep part of her old school foundation forged with innovation, building science and Lean building principles to be profitable.