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. Sitting on a gently sloping piece of land in Hood River, Oregon, this simple 1770 sf single story, custom residence, lies low in the landscape. Private facing the road, and expanding upon entry, the home, designed as two simple offset boxes, providing a central entry location and main living area, while providing the required separation between the master suite and 2 other bedrooms.

Lying in between state minimum code and passive house building specifications, this "pretty good house" as they are called, has roughly 2 times the code mandates for insulation / thermal performance. The house is oriented long on the east west line to take advantage of passive heating strategies and adhering to the landscape. A finish concrete slab floor in the house further soaks up daytime sun, a thermal mass component, and radiates heat back into the house in the evening.

Construction completed April 2015.


Photography by Jeff Amram.