This lovely home in Bellingham, WA features a massive photovoltaic system in the front yard that allows it to operate completely off-grid. Seattle-based firm Prentiss Architects, designed and built the house for a large family looking for a home with a low environmental impact that reflected their East Asian heritage. Green design features mingle with oriental decor in this beautiful project, dubbed the Chuckanut Ridge home.
The wood-clad home reflects the spirit of the upper Northwest, and it’s built to efficiently integrate into its surroundings and local climate. While Washington may not be known for its solar resource, it still receives sun and this family wanted to take advantage of what they could with a large photovoltaic system located in the front yard, which allows the home to operate off-grid.
The Washington area sees a lot of rain, and this home makes good use of the resource by collecting rainwater using via multiple butterfly-esque roofs. Large south-facing windows with overhangs let in natural daylight. We have to admit, our favorite feature (after the solar panels of course) is the gorgeous red staircase with built-in storage. Talk about a stunning, multi-functional design!
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