Posts Tagged ‘city cabins in Seattle’

Green Steps on Queen Anne Hill

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Energy Heels at City Cabins

Energy Heels at City Cabins

Award winning green home builder Martha Rose, president of Martha Rose Construction in Seattle, believes building a high-performance home you really have to pay attention to the small details.

At her current project, City Cabins in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, prior to installing the drywall Rose has a thermographic inspection by building performance consultant Tom Balderson.

Using an infrared camera they look check for cool spots in the exterior walls.  This helps Rose determine if there is any air infiltration that needs to be sealed prior to drywalling and also as a quality control measure to make sure the insulation has been installed correctly.

After the drywall has been installed, taped and all the finished work has been installed  Rose will have Balderson do a blower door test to look once again for any air leakage, the leaks will appear has as contrasting colors on the viewfinder of the infrared camera.

City Cabins are perhaps the most energy efficient spec-homes on the market today in the Pacific Northwest. The homes are slated for a mid-December completion. For more information contact Adrian Willanger, LEED AP. Or visit the website

City Cabins –The Urban Hybrid

Sunday, October 9th, 2011
City Cabins exterior

City Cabins exterior sealing

City Cabins –The Urban Hybrid

By merging the world of traditional architecture with leading-edge building science and hi-performance construction you get the new “urban hybrid” City Cabins in Seattle’s Queen Neighborhood.  The unique design building combination is a pure comingling of the best of the past and the optimum of the next-gen building movement.

The “Cabins” are packed with smart design features that could easily go-unnoticed, yet these features are perfect solutions to enhance the occupant’s creature comforts and reduce yearly utility costs.  The super-insulated well sealed homes our partnered with a high-efficient heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) that supplies the homes with fresh filtered-air into the living areas and bedrooms 24/7 while simultaneously exhausting the stale air.  Workings in harmony with the HRVs are the Mitsubishi Mini-Split heating/cooling systems that provide zonal heating and cooling throughout the homes.

Strategic window placement increases the natural daylighting and breath-taking views of Fisherman’s Terminal, Salmon Bay and beyond to the Olympic Mountains.  Incorporating a wide range of lifestyle components into every detail makes these home truly special from the all-electric systems,  the use of unmatched re-claimed tongue groove wood planking, LED lighting, movable kitchen island are all part of the new “get-used-to-it must-haves” the new buyers are looking for.

City Cabins are currently under construction and scheduled for a mid-December release. For more information visit or contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.

Queen Anne Hill New Home Project Chooses A & R Solar

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Seattle’s newest high-performance homes, City Cabins on Queen Anne Hill, selects A & R Solar to install photovoltaic (PV) for one of their new homes.

Reeves Clippard of A & R Solar did a roof take off to determine how much of the available sun light could be utilized by an array of roof panels.  It was determined that 93% of the available sun light could be used and converted into electricity.

Builder Martha Rose is wiring the garages of the two new homes for electric power converters.  The 2 kilowatt PV system installed on the northern most home should produce 2000kw hours of electricity annually is enough to power an electric car, in addition to Federal tax credits, Seattle City Light net metering and WA-State Production Incentives.

The new homes will be the most energy-efficient homes Rose has built. Rose, a builder with a high green I-Q, has stayed in the forefront of the rapidly changing building codes for nearly a decade and is raising the energy-performance bar with their latest collection of homes.

The two view homes are being built with double-wall exterior construction filled with 7 ½” of blown fiberglass insulation, 1” Dow Blue Foam Board, ½” CDX plywood, 2 layers of moisture barrier paper and lap siding increasing the overall R-value, comfort and energy savings for the new home owners.

City Cabins are currently under construction and are scheduled for a November 2011 completion. For more information visit or contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536.