Whidbey Island Sustainable Home

please, come in….

The exterior is encased in a durable metal siding & roofing, requiring little maintenance.

east facade

 All tiers of the roof drains to one corner of the building into a rain garden, allowing runoff to slowly return to the earth.

front entry with rain garden in foreground

Reading Room

A tiled floor over a concrete slab poured on grade uses the ground as a heat sink. Where the floor does not receives direct sun, the slab is hydronically heated-both conditions pump Btu’s into the ground creating a “heat bulb” that moderates temperatures through out the year. A wood stove acts as alternate back up heat, heating air that passsively rises by convection from the ground level through floor vents & stair well to the upper levels.

nook under stair

…no space unused, this nook has become a favorite spot to while away cold winter days,…snow, a fire and a good book….

utility room….passive energy storage

Dark tile better absorbs heat from the sun directly striking it from south facing windows, passively heating the slab and ground below. The windows are positioned so that as much of the floor can be warmed. In the Spring, vegetable starts for the garden, placed on a cart, are rolled in front of the windows to get a boost before being planted out.


The bath is divided into two compartments; sink & dressing area seperated from the bathing & toilet area by a pocketing door, which allows more people use of the bathroom at any one time.


 The  kitchen sink & prep counter face the main living area and out north facing windows to a view of Mt. Baker.

Opposite the sink, work area looks out south facing windows over the terraced garden below.


Ladder to Loft

Seperating the main living space from the sink & dressing area, the bathroom door is fitted with an obscured glass panel; passively lighting the only interior room in the home.

Windows throughout the space bounce light of the light colored walls reducing the need for electic lighting for most of the day.

Sleeping Loft

Windows from the lower & main levels draw in cool air from north windows, while the south facing loft windows, in the lee of the wind, pulls warm air out; passively cooling the living space in summer months.

Living area from loft

Railing detail

Handrail detail

Loft ladder

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