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The beautiful natural wood floors, ceilings and cabinets were chosen based on environmental impacts. Local products were given priority. The mix includes windfall lumber, reclaimed pine and fast-growing alder.


Rather than create huge window walls to exploit views, the owners elected to place openings selectively, thereby preserving the high R-value of the SIP walls. 


 


“By intercepting and collecting a lot of the rainwater from the roof and other surfaces, and directing it to a 3,000-gallon cistern,” he explains, “we’re actually making the soils more stable.”


Clinkston notes that the home’s green roofs help mitigate the habitat lost by building on this pristine site, by slowing the flow of stormwater runoff .


Both the owner/builders and the architect went to extra lengths to source products and materials from within a 500-mile radius. And they have opened up the house to visitors, as a showcase. The owner, Donna Riley, has given personal tours to about 3,500 people so far.


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