The driveway brings visitors to a mid-level parking area, positioned equidistant from the front and back entrances. A brick walkway leads to an antique Fir front door, where the resident pileated woodpecker may say hello from the tree line.
The front of the house, which features abundant windows (Anderson 400 series), faces due south to facilitate passive solar heat gain, keeping the house cool in summer and warm in winter thereby reducing energy costs by up to 50%. The home was built into the earth and boasts extremely tight construction and insulation. The front entrance includes an airlock room for added energy efficiency.
A first-floor open kitchen and living space incorporates several fine woods with sparse, clean lines. Hard maple floors run throughout with in-floor hydronic radiant heat. The kitchen is highlighted by a John Boos walnut butcher block island. A locally-sourced cherry shelf runs above eye level the length of the kitchen/dining space. Another cherry shelf is situated above the custom concrete countertop. A cherry peninsula bar further defines the unique kitchen space. The cabinetry is cherry, as well.
The first floor includes a guest bedroom (or office) and bathroom. The bathroom features a contemporary curbless walk-in shower and walnut slab countertop. The shower wall is constructed of exposed, rough cut board form concrete painted slate grey, adding subtle architectural interest. The exposed concrete wall is continued in the bedroom and dining area.
Also on this floor, a small mechanical room or utility closet offers laundry and sink hook up, shelving and access to the heating and water systems. The house has central air with a mini split heat pump system to enable zone control.
A modern open-design staircase of yellow pine with stainless steel cable railing leads to a second floor where there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The stairway delivers you to a spacious open sitting area flanked by two bedrooms and mahogany door that step out onto the back deck. The upstairs floors are solid oak.
The master suite leads to a beautifully designed bathroom with mosaic tile bath and stained-glass inlay that lets in ambient light from the adjacent closet creating serene spa lighting.
The walk-in closet includes ample built-in shelving. The master bedroom features a bank of windows reminiscent of a craftsman bungalow.
A second bedroom features an open-style walk-in closet that flows into a third full bathroom. Both bedrooms have mini split air systems enabling everyone to choose their own optimal temperature.
Finishes throughout the home are natural materials.
The back porch is accessed via the second floor. The porch is constructed of western red cedar posts and beams. The rafters and sheathing are locally-sourced hemlock. The stainless steel cable railing used in the stairway is repeated in the walkway to the porch. A locally-sourced sandstone wall adds interest just beyond the porch.
From the view of the back porch, there are young maple trees, Japanese and Sugar, and 3 apple trees. Other landscaping on the property includes wild cherry trees, junipers, and hydrangeas. The back yard connects to the Lamplighter subdivision with a tree line and natural area between. The front yard is secluded from the road by a natural thicket.
Other exterior features include a standing seam metal roof and seamless gutters.