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North Bend House / Johnston Architects

  • 01:00 - 13 January, 2011
North Bend House / Johnston Architects
North Bend House / Johnston Architects, © Will Austin Photography
© Will Austin Photography

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  • Architects

  • Location

    North Bend, Washington, United States
  • Architects

    Johnston Architects
  • Partner In Charge

    Ray Johnston
  • Project Architect

    Sara Imhoff
  • Landscape Architect

    Scott Schell
  • Structural Engineer

    BTL Engineering
  • Contractor

    Tall Tree Construction
  • Client

    Schell & Wheeler
  • Area

    2100.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. As mountain guides, Scott Schell and Margaret Wheeler are used to the upper reaches of the Cascades. Their site in the foothills above Snoqualmie is not far from work. The 2,100 sqf house, designed by Johnston Architects and built by Tall Tree Construction, accommodates both professional and practical demands, but it also fulfills a deep desire to do what is right.

© Will Austin Photography
© Will Austin Photography

This house was built on site with many materials found, milled and crafted on the site. Blow-down trees from storms provided the logs that were milled into siding, fascias and trim. Large firs and cedars were felled, cured and processed to provide beams and some framing materials. A ground source heat pump supplemented by solar water preheating supplies energy to the house. To this, recycled materials, FSC certified materials, grey water recycling and other strategies are the basis of the soon to be achieved LEED Silver status of this house.

© Will Austin Photography
© Will Austin Photography

The historic fabric of this complex lies in the history of use of the land and indoor/outdoor occupation of forested space. The mud room, nearby wood storage, use of varied floor materials to shake off the debris of the outside, simple roof forms are all part of this solution. Rather than dig the house into its hillside, we bridged across for an upper floor entry, minimizing grading and other disruption to the existing environment. Two thousand native plantings were made to restore the forest floor upon completion. Even on a grey and rainy day this forest retreat is filled with light.

© Will Austin Photography
© Will Austin Photography
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