Vancouver LEED Platinum Craftsman – Custom Home
This finely detailed, certified LEED Platinum home is designed and built for the 21st century. Our clients dreamed of building an energy efficient, light-filled home that they could retire in. This home’s efficient floor plan is just 1993 square feet, yet the home feels open, bright and inviting.
This efficient home features 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, office, laundry/mud room, open kitchen and dining room and a striking vaulted living room with a coffered ceiling. With the master suite and office on the main level, a no-step shower, and no step from the garage, the house is built for aging-in-place.
The kitchen has many modern amenities including quartz countertops, dual fuel range, full height pantry cabinets, recycle pull-outs, and a retractable flat screen TV pull-out that can be hidden behind the cabinets.
Sustainable bamboo flooring flows throughout the main floor. The numerous oversized wood clad windows maximize daylight and let the Southern sun penetrate deep into the home. The entry was thoughtfully designed with windows above the front door and the powder room, creating a bright and inviting space.
There are an abundance of energy-saving features built into this home. It starts with the insulation: A layer of spray foam encapsulates the walls, ceiling, and flooring. The double wall construction increases the exterior wall thickness to 8″ which allows for even more blown-in insulation keeping the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
The home features a highly efficient heat pump and electric furnace connected to a heat recovery system, which brings a steady stream of fresh air into this tightly sealed home. A solar water heater keeps hot water costs to a minimum and a large photovoltaic array generates electricity for the LED lighting throughout, and at low use times, directs power back to the utility company who then pays the homeowners for it!
The details of this lovely Craftsman-style home include large eaves and soffits with tongue-and-groove boards, corbels, scroll-cut porch pickets, a stacked stone chimney, and a water-table trim banding at the top of the foundation. The metal roof will last a lifetime and does not add asphalt pollutants to the rainwater runoff. Expertly designed siding marries shakes, board-and-batt, and lapped siding that nods graciously to the existing homes in the neighborhood. Hidden behind the siding is a rain screen system that allows for air movement to prevent future rotting, reduces maintenance and greatly increases the lifespan of the home.