Modern Portland Cottage

Nestled just above Forest Park in Portland is one of Winsome Construction’s latest high performance custom homes. Forest Park is one of the United States largest urban parks, boasting more than 5,100 acres filled with second-growth and old-growth timber, and over 70 miles of recreational trails. It hosts more than 112 bird species and 60 mammal species. The 2,300 sq ft cottage features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a open great room/kitchen area. Each room has views of the forest and the wildlife it holds.

When property-owners Chris and Jacki purchased a plot of land that borders the park, they hired Portland architect Nathan Good of Nathan Good Architects. Nathan specializes in contemporary, sustainable structures that work with the surroundings. His focus on comfortable, energy efficient homes, coupled with his artistic vision was perfect for this project.

Since moving in Chris and Jacki have taken the energy efficiency one step further and added solar panels to the roof. Solar City installed the system free of charge and locked in their electricity rate for 20 years. While it is still early to tell, initial calculations show that the panels should produce energy levels equal to the energy Chris and Jacki consume, making the home net-zero.

Project Features

  • 6″ thick walls filled with spray foam insulation and no formaldehyde fiberglass.
  • The roof is filled with spray foam as well, removing all air leaks and drafts.
  • A blower door test rated the house at 1.3ach (air exchanges per hour). An average home built today will have a result of 3.9ach, and the city of Portland only requires 3.0ach or better (for radon mitigation).
  • Concrete kitchen countertops infused with recycled glass
  • Trimless windows and doors to reduce wood
  • Composite lap siding and board and batten siding
  • Zero VOC (volitile organic compound) paint and adhesives increase indoor air quality and health of the surrounding environment.

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