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A Firsthand Look at the Magnolia 2300 Yurt – the First Energy Star Home in British Columbia
A visitor’s first indication of the “GREENness” this house comes from their nose. It smells like beeswax, non-VOC Yolo milk paint and soycrete stain. The floors are non-formaldahyde floating cork which is neutral in temperature and astonishingly springy. The cork on the kitchen floor is finished with ceramic designed to naturally protect from potential moisture.
The countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms are patterned bamboo finished with beeswax. The wood used for the timberframe details is locally sourced fir and the wide stair planks are crafted from salvaged wood. There are connected outdoor rooms and every room has natural lighting from skylights and suntubes.
No living trees were cut down to create the space to build this house, there was a natural round opening in the forest of grand fir trees that perfectly fit the 31’ diameter round center with 12’ wide radiating wings of the Magnolia design.
Our home is also an art home — when you wander around the house, you’ll see details like a Japanese Spirit Post in the living room, an inlaid pebble stream in the entryway, a custom Bamboo marquetry door, Shoji doors throughout the home, curved hallways and stairwells, handmade handrail brackets, niche-like window seats, Italian Porcelain in the ensuite spa, and a kitchen deck that has a 300 hundred year old Ponderosa Pine tree growing through it.
It’s one of four round buildings on our 1.5 acre property, which includes a round studio, a round garage, and a round greenhouse. For us, this is an ongoing project that promises to keep sprouting up round, green and energy efficient structures for years to come!
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