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The Art of Sustainable Building in Seattle

Friday, November 4th, 2011
The Art of  Sustainable Building in Seattle

The art of sustainable development starts by analyzing the building site and coming up with a site design that protects natural and other features that exist on the site. Builder Martha Rose elected to reuse a large percentage of the existing foundation from the existing 1940 duplex for their latest urban project City Cabins in Seattle. Retooling and reusing the existing foundation was key component in reducing pollution from construction activities by minimizing soil erosion, topology disturbance, waterway sedimentation and dust that would have taken place if they had elected to use traditional construction methods.

The three  story homes are designed to take advantage of the views of Fisherman’s Terminal and the Olympic Mountains to the West while providing natural daylighting and privacy without feeling like you’re in an urban-fishbowl. The homes are slightly terraced off the street separated by an elevated sidewalk from street level.  The terracing offers the City Cabin homeowners privacy from the pedestrian’s view while the top of terrace offer a level platform for sitting, greeting neighbors or just enjoying the view.

The raised sidewalk is a unique urban pattern that adds to the walk-ability of the North Queen Anne neighborhood, configuring to the natural terrain the walkway offer increased pedestrian safety from automobiles, view corridors and green planting strips that separate the sidewalk from the street.

City Cabins are scheduled for a mi-December completion for more information visit or alternatively contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.

Related posts:

  1. The Art of Sustainable Building in Urban Seattle (53.4)
  2. Sustainable Deconstruction (16.6)
  3. City Cabins on Queen Anne to Host Summer Green Building Classes (14.9)
  4. In-Fill-Da-Vida on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill (14.3)
  5. City Cabins –The Urban Hybrid (13.4)

Seattle Net Zero Homes-Who Benefits? Buyers

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

A Seattle net-zero energy home (NZEH) is a grid connected homes that, over a course of a year, produce as much energy as they use.  The underlying purpose of these homes is to use the most sustainable energy with the least expense.



Several homes in the Seattle area marketplace are targeting for net-zero, the recently completed Z-Home a revolutionary 10-unit development in Issaquah and Martha Rose Construction’s innovative City Cabins under construction on Queen Anne Hill, both of these projects will be multi-certified and recognized by leading green home building programs.

Z-Home is a collaboration effort from wide range of stakeholders from Ichijo USA Co. Ltd., Built Green, Puget Sound Energy and Washington State University Extension Energy Program to name a few that are responsible for the Z-Home project.

Martha Rose is president of Martha Rose Construction in Seattle Washington. Their goal is to deliver the highest level, affordable, spec-built home. Rose’s current project is on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, City Cabins two totally electrified homes that exceed industry standards.

This almost sounds like a David vs. Goliath type story, Ichijo Co. USA a subsidiary of a large Japanese hi-tech production home builder that built 8000 homes in 2008, compared to a small local regional builder that built 4 high performance homes in 2009.  Both companies are trying to achieve the same thing and deliver a quality product to the homebuyers looking for something different.

The real winners are the buyers who are looking for next-generation energy saving standards in a new home.  These homes are constructed utilizing the latest construction technology, product innovations, designs, appliances and equipment.

The benefits, other than the dollars saved on reduced energy cost, are often over looked because it’s extremely hard to quantify benefits like comfort, health and overall livability. These homes have been engineered, designed and built to optimize all of the individual components to enhance their counter parts. For example a tight building envelope reduces the amount of moisture and air flow coming into the living areas providing a healthier indoor living environment, reducing drafts, and also the amount of heating and cooling equipment needed to live comfortable.

These homes are filled with integrated  design features not to be missed.

Z-Home has its grand opening this week-end Saturday and Sunday September 24-25 2011and City Cabins will have its first “behind the walls” tour as part of The National Solar Tour next weekend, October 1, 2011  from 10am-4pm onsite at City Cabins.

For more information contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.

Revising the Arts and Craft Movement in Seattle

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011


Home builder Martha Rose, president of Martha Rose Construction, is implementing building techniques, craftsmanship, form following function, and natural materials with modern high-tech building techniques.

Borrowing from the Arts and Crafts movement Rose is carefully integrating bits and pieces of the pre-industrial faction into their latest project City Cabins on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill. Blending natural materials into finished products, recycled tongue and groove wood plank flooring becomes part of the structure; large Douglas Fir laminated beams create stability while adding interesting architectural elements to the interior.

Blacksmith-Artesian Silas Maddox, owner of Forge & Nail, has been contracted to add elements of beauty that also serve a function and create longer lasting value to the project. Preparatory designs are in the works for the sky-bridge, which joins the detached garages to the homes, and the rear entry gates (budget permitting. Walking around the structures you can see custom hand forged metal fittings that are purposeful and add to the overall look and feel of City Cabins, these small details are often overlooked in spec home building, yet, really add to the authentic look and feel of the finished design.

The artful blending of Arts and Crafts elements together with high-tech building science are an extremely rare combination in spec-building. Yet, Rose believes that to truly differentiate her homes from the competition she needs to keep part of her old school foundation forged with innovation, building science and Lean building principles to be profitable.

City Cabins in Seattle are currently under construction and are scheduled to be completed in November of 2011, for more information contact Adrian Willanger.

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Seattle Green builder laces up the boots and straps on the hardhat

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Seattle home builder Martha Rose’s secret for making sure her newest hi-performance homes, City Cabins on Queen Anne Hill, are sold expeditiously can be traced back to her business survival strategies implemented over the last 3 1/2 years in a tough Seattle real estate market.

Some of the lessons she learned pre 2007-2008 still hold true today, delivering a quality built energy efficient home in the right location is still the goal. Pretty simple strategy while the market was hot and bidding wars on homes was normal, when the market cooled most builders need to ante-up if they wanted to stay in the game, this proved to be a major game changer driving many builders that were highly leveraged out of the spec home building market.

Rose during the last decade has been building some of the greenest homes in the Pacific Northwest understands the new rules of engagement. Starting with land costs, their last two projects had an extremely long development and platting process before construction could begin, the unexpected delays couldn’t have happened at a worst time.  The local real estate market started to slow down in July of 2007 and has continued until spring of 2011, during this time Rose’s company, Martha Rose Construction, Inc.,  completed two communities, Queen City Eco-Village and Fish Singer Place, both were certified Green communities and faced discounted selling prices to make up for overpaying for land cost during boom times.

Lessons learned

To be successful with the City Cabins on Queen Anne Hill project Rose needed to purchase the land at a fair price and the building permit process needed to be expedited. The land was purchased without allot of competition from other spec-builders and the building permit was put through Seattle’s new green expedited building process taking less than ½ the time of normal permitting.

When the home building market was hot, 2004-2007, Rose was delivering more than the industry standards in their new homes.  Choosing to build to the highest level of the Built Green program, Rose has continued building hi-performance, hi-technology homes but this time paying closer attention to the right location, right amenities, and the right layout. Abandoning the old adage of “if you build it they will come” and instead building with a market and price point focus.

City Cabins are now in the framing stage and are scheduled for November 2011 completions, for more information contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.

Don’t Throw That Paint Away!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

While cleaning out a storage shed that held stuff from years of revolving tenants, I came across many cans of paint. Gallons and quarts, some almost full, most almost empty, bright and dull colors, flat and sheen finishes, but all having one common characteristic – they were all water based. So, into (2) five gallon buckets they were all emptied, then systematically poured back and forth to get a thorough mixing. Now this technique can have a not so pleasant outcome, but I got lucky and ended up with 7 gallons of a color named “Bellingham Adobe”.

Cost Effective Green Building Techniques

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

1. Engineer the foundation to use the least amount of concrete necessary to support the loads.
2. Eliminate almost all solid wood headers by doubling up the rim joist over openings. Some of the doubled rims can utilize scraps.
3. Concentrate rooms with plumbing in the same part of the home to save on piping, labor and hot water costs.
4. Add a whole lot of insulation and install a minimal heating system.
5. Keep the design simple and in 2’ increments.

Martha Rose Helps With Legacy Project as One of the Builder Captains

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Legacy Project

The City of Bellevue, Pacific Science Center and the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties, collaborated to get Wet Lab II built as a community service project celebrating the centennial year for the home builders organization.

This Environmental Learning Center is located in one of the largest wetlands in an urban center and will provide an opportunity to educate tens of thousands of school children in environmental stewardship.

We are very happy to have been able to help with this undertaking by providing the expertise and labor to construct the vegetated roof assembly, and by helping to add energy efficiency measures such as a Fantech high-efficiency heat recovery ventilator.

Martha Rose is using the some of the applications and techniques used on The Learning on her latest project City Cabins located on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill neighborhood.

Biomimicry and the Green Building Connection

Friday, March 25th, 2011

by, Martha Rose

Bionics aka biomimicry restores basic efficiency to the use of materials. The Green Building Revolution is tied to engineers and scientists finding solutions for construction materials that mimic nature. Here are a couple of cool examples:

InterfaceFLOR tiles often have random patterns for their carpet tiles. They resemble the entropy of the forest floor, so that any time a square needs replacement, it is never noticed. This trick allows the carpets useful life to be greatly extended.

Martha Rose Construction continually searches for environmentally friendly products to use our new homes. To see what’s new with Martha Rose Construction visit our newest project City Cabins on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle Washington.