Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ranch Style House Design Goes Sustainable

Charged with bringing new life to an older 1950s ranch style house, m.o. daby design worked their magic on the Burke Residence, located in Portland, OR. Clad in wood from the outside in, this ranch house was in need of a complementary receiving area so an entrance foyer was added to its existing footprint. Continuing through to the main living areas, a family room, kitchen and dining room were given the open concept treatment for a space suited to socializing and entertaining. The open style layout also allows for the entire space to be flooded with natural light via a wall of glass. The home’s rich wood floors, ceilings and details of Douglas fir, cherry, and cedar wood glow in the sunlight. Sliding glass doors lead out to a rear deck, completing the connection to the outdoors. Taking its commitment to nature that much further, this sustainable house features a list of eco elements that’ll make you go “green” with envy, such as: native and water-efficient landscaping; sustainably harvested or reclaimed Douglas fir finishes and details; metal roof; durable concrete lower floor surface; whole house ventilation; radiant floor heating with high-efficiency boiler; sunken entry with shoe storage to trap dirt and dust; non-toxic wood sealant; and pervious driveway surface.

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