Bridgette Meinhold

Eagle Ridge Residence is a Low-Impact Home on Orcas Island

by , 05/29/13

Eagle Ridge Residence, Gary Gladwish Architecture, orcas island, low maintenance, eco home, green home, energy efficient design

The L-Shaped Eagle Ridge Residence features a combined living-kitchen dining area at the corner with a study and master suite in one wing. The other wing consists of a storage area and a studio, which could be turned into additional bedrooms at a later time. Situated on a hillside surrounded by a forest that is filled with madrone trees, firs, beech, thistle, moss and rocks, the home enjoys great views to the west of the San Juan and Canadian Gulf islands. Windows and walls open up to the outdoors for a direct connection to the environment.

During the design phase with Gary Gladwish Architecture, the client requested an energy-efficient and low-maintenance home. Solar passive design including orientation, shade devices and ventilation allow for passive heating and cooling and lots of daylight. SIPs were utilized to increase construction time, reduce waste, create a tight thermal envelope and provide a high level of insulation. The home is clad with 100-year old reclaimed barnwood, which is already weathered and steel. Artificial lighting is provided with either LEDs or compact fluorescents and all the windows and doors are designed to surpass energy code requirements.

The Eagle Ridge Residence was the recipient of a 2013 AIA Housing Award.

+ Gary Gladwish Architecture

Images ©Will Austin

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