Posts Tagged ‘city cabins’

The New Green Appraisal Addendum

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Green Home Marketing

Last month the Appraisal Institute published their green addendum which can be attached to any appraisal. The addendum won’t guarantee that the homeowner or builder will get their increased property value for the green features added but what is guaranteed is that it will at least be looked at.

The new addendum can be downloaded filled out and submitted as part of the appraisal to the lender. Some of the key points are to make sure that the energy saving features are listed accurately and if you can provide any records of energy production or savings these would be documents that should be included.

Any third party certifications (LEED, Energy Star, Built Green, Earth Advantage) documentation should also be included for review. Appraiser using the new addendums will be better equipped to compare like features and properties much easier when determining value.

Seattle builder Martha Rose mentions that she already filled out both the Appraisal Institutes’  Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum along with the High Performance Home Addendum from Earth Advantage filled out for her new homes, City Cabins. “I typically will include any third party energy estimated usage reports along with lots of photos of the construction methods we use.”  “Typically we won’t get full credit for all the components that go into building a high-performance home but it’s a good start” comments Rose.

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.

Solar Truths….Get Jesse

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Solar Truths….Get Jesse

Seattle, WA- Last Friday September 16, 2011 Jesse Jones from King 5 News was onsite at City Cabins filming an up-coming Get Jesse story about the truths about soar panels. Jesse’s interview with City Cabin home builder Martha Rose can be seen at 5pm September 21, 2011 on king

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.