Posts Tagged ‘built green in seattle’

The Juniper Connection on Queen Anne Hill

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Once Martha Rose, president of Martha Rose Construction, learned about ecological benefits that are derived  from the harvesting of western Juniper from Oregon’s high desert it was clear that this would be natural fit to use.

The juniper in 1934 barely covered 1 million acres in Central Oregon today they cover 6 million acres. The main concern with the growing juniper’s growing population is its thirst. Junipers pull moisture out of the ground all year long. Which results in the prairie grasses that provides  food, shelter and erosion control don’t get enough water to survive.  By thinning the junipers, mostly young trees, the underground wells are able to produce more water especially during the late season mid-July through September when the high desert really needs more water, helping to increase the spring output to 3-5 gallons per minute, which during the dry months is a lot of water.

Rose likes the juniper’s’ rustic characteristic, durability, its environmental credentials and thought it would add an element of authenticity to her City Cabins project in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.  The juniper natural rot- and decay-resistances makes it an exceptional choice for decking, retaining walls, fencing and landscaping at City Cabins.

City Cabins are the newest next-gen high performance multi-green certified homes in Seattle are scheduled to be completed in December of 2011. For more information and availability visit or contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.

A Cabin for All Seasons

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Traditionally, cabins were made to be use in specific seasons depending on where they were located.  Beach cabins were typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, hunting cabins were open September –December and were often cluster around a central lodge.

Some of the common attributes of all the cabins was that they were charming, had intimate interior spaces, and a feeling of casualness. These very attributes were sought by Seattle green home builder Martha Rose when she started brain-storming the concept with her architectural firm, CB Anderson, these were the “ingredients” Rose wanted in her urban City Cabins in Seattle’s  Queen Anne Hill neighborhood.

Scale, uniqueness and of course energy-efficiency were the other components that would go into the design of the two new homes on Queen Anne Hill. Building to Passive House “Passivhause” standards the energy efficiency was taken care of; the team of architects at CB Anderson came up with some inimitable design features and a list of functional building materials to create intimate spaces that use natural wood, stainless steel, metal and glass finishes.

The “Cabins” can appear somewhat innocuous at first, until you understand the intentions of the builder and the design team, utilizing recycled wood planked floors together with massive Douglas Fir engineered beams that helps create the “cabin feel” through-out the living areas, while enjoying the views of Salmon Bay and an occasional hint of salt water aroma in the air, a place for all seasons, one quickly gets a sense of placemaking.

In true cabin fashion City Cabins are designed with detached garages accessible via a sky-bridge that attaches the homes with the garages and provides the homeowners a brief moment of separation from the outside world to intimate spaces within the two homes.

Available November 2011, for more information contact Adrian Willanger.