Design devotee blogs about cities, innovation, architecture and green building.
Eco-forward in the backwoods
Located in the remote foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the Schell-Wheeler House blends backwood sensibility with cutting-edge green design.
Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 08:25 AM
Greeting from Washington State! Since I’ve vamoosed from Brooklyn for a weeklong holiday respite in the Puget Sound, I figured it’s only fitting to share a little mid-week eco- architectural eye candy direct from the Pacific Northwest.
Below you’ll find photos of the LEED Silver-seeking Schell-Wheeler residence
in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains (TV junkies take note, this is Twin Peaks
territory). Homeowners Schott Schell and Margaret Wheeler are employed as mountain guides so they don’t have to stray too far for work and the house itself, designed by Johnston Architects PLLC
and built by Tall Tree Construction, blends beautifully into the secluded surroundings. Personally, I’d get a serious case of wintertime cabin fever living in this specific location (it’s located above Snoqualmie, if you’re familiar with the area) but what a stunning space to get cabin fever in.
Among the notable features of this stylish, sustainable home are siding, fascias, and trim milled from trees downed by storms. Energy is supplied by a ground-source heat pump that’s supplemented by solar water preheating and the home itself is designed to capture maximum day lighting. Take a look ... I think the home is a real beauty.
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.