This passivhaus shows what became of the dream of two retired school teachers. These individuals sought a new home where they would find energy efficiency, no-stress Passivhaus design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house was the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and at the time of this writing was only the fourth in the state. The home, designed by an Olympia, Washington-based firm
The home has a circular floor plan that centers around a prefabricated pod that contains the kitchen and two bathrooms. In order to achieve its Passive status, the residence features an air-sealed exterior shell that provides insulation, efficient windows and doors, and a heat recovery ventilator to keep it warm in the winter. In the summer, careful window placement and shades ensure the space won't overheat.
The home combines site built & prefabrication in it's design. The resulting product was a highly efficient design with clean lines and an open floor plan.
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What the homeowners said about the home...
The design turned into one that the homeowners loved for its peaceful feeling. The home's designer said, “The design was a really good practice in restraint,” And the homeowner said this, “We wanted the place to avoid overstimulation.” We think it was a successful plan that culminates beauty, responsibility and tranquility all in one package.