VELOCIPEDE architects designed this cabin for a professional couple and their two young sons as a weekend retreat – a place to unwind from their hectic life in the city and focus on family. Thoughtfully perched on a steep hillside overlooking a small valley outside the town Cle Elum, Washington, this budget-conscious 1,400 square foot cabin has three-bedrooms, two-baths and a bonus loft/play area. The main living/dining room is a double-height volume capped with an exposed wood ceiling supported by wood beams, all sustainably harvested FSC lumber. The property is in a Fire-Wise community, requiring all exterior finishes to be carefully chosen for fire resistance and surrounding vegetation to be cleared. High on the owners’ wish list were a connection to nature, a large deck for entertaining, and a place for the children to take off their muddy shoes after romping in the woods.
New Passive House on a hilltop in Carnation, WA. Three bedrooms, two baths with an attached four-car garage. The aesthetics were inspired by rural barns which created an efficient building form to achieve the Passive House standard. This project was built by the homeowners themselves over the course of five years.
Net positive energy is achieved through super insulation, triple glazed windows, rigorous air sealing, a Heat Recovery Ventilator, solar hot water, and PV panels. The 8,800 gallon tank collects rain water from the roof to supply 100% of potable uses inside the house, the first house in King County (greater Seattle) to do so. Low toxicity materials were used throughout the building, most lumber is certified FSC, and the building is a Certified Passivhaus by PHIUS+.
New custom house on blueberry farm in Moxee, WA. Four bedrooms, three baths plus playroom loft. All rooms except the loft are on one level allowing for aging in place. The house orientation and room layout were determined by the principles of feng shui.
Natural materials are employed throughout, featuring stained concrete floors, clay plaster walls, and exposed wood roof rafters. The exterior siding is flame blackened (shou sugi ban technique) to protect it without the need for painting.
Energy use reduction is achieved through super insulation, triple glazed windows, Heat Recovery Ventilator, mini split heat pump, solar hot water, and PV panels. Certified Passivhaus by PHI.
New custom single family house, 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, with 2 car attached garage. The homeowners requested a Northwest lodge style house. VELOCIPEDE responded with a true timber frame structure, a shingled and stone exterior, and a wood burning masonry heater in the two story living room.
Interior finishes feature exposed timber beams, FSC certified fir ceilings and window trim, FSC certified cherry flooring and cabinets, slate tile flooring, and Venetian plaster walls.
Designed to be net zero energy and net zero water, with an 8.4 kW photovoltaic array on the roof, superinsulated and airtight SIP wall and roof construction, triple glazed windows, and 5100 gallon buried tanks for rainwater collection. Certified LEED for Homes Platinum.
The owner of this house in Shoreline, WA, nearing retirement, wanted a home that she could grow old in. A straight-run stair was designed to accommodate a future chair lift for accessibility to the upper floor as the owner ages, and bathrooms are provided with blocking for future grab bars. The living/dining room, office and master bedroom were all oriented toward the back yard to the east. A crafts room on the south end of the second floor takes advantage of windows on three sides.
The existing foundation and garage were retained for this project and the new house was built above and around them. The ReStore was brought in for a full deconstruction so the home achieved a 76% job site recycling rate. Energy efficiency was achieved by super insulating walls and roof, new radiant floor heating, and a heat recovery ventilator. Certified Built Green 5-star, the third ever 5 Star remodel/addition.
New custom vacation cabin in the mountains near Leavenworth, WA. Two bedrooms, two baths plus sleeping loft. Nestled in the forest, the simple form and honest materials of this cabin lend a rustic feel. The great room at one end has a vaulted wood rafter ceiling and French doors that open to a generous porch that overlooks the Wenatchee River.
Features include radiant heated concrete floors, an indoor / outdoor wood burning soapstone fireplace, SIP roof panels, metal roofing, and a deck with a hot tub.
New custom single family house in Snoqualmie Ridge, WA. Four bedrooms, three baths plus study with attached garage.
The second floor great room windows overlook a stunning view of a river valley flanked by mountains. In summer, French doors open to a wrap around porch and in winter a the Tulikivi soapstone fireplace provides warmth.
The house's systems include radiant heat floors, HEPA filtered ventilation, solor hot water, and an endless pool. Certified Built Green 4-Star.
New custom house in Tukwila, WA. Two bedroom, two baths plus study loft with attached garage. All rooms except the loft are on one level enabling aging in place, as well as visits by the owner's brother who is a wheelchair user. The loft and adjacent roof deck have views in all directions to the surrounding mountains and to downtown Seattle.
Green features include double stud walls, radiant floor heating, a heat recovery ventilator, solar cool metal roofing, a 3 kW photovoltaic array, a planted roof, and a remarkable 95% construction recycling rate. Certified Built Green 5-Star.