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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.

City Cabins in National Solar Tour

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Time to ROCK the Solar Nation! Registration is now open for the 2011 National Solar Tour, slated for October 1. Last year’s tour featured 700 tours across all 50 US states, the Virgin Islands and Mexico. Let’s make this year’s tour even grander.

The ASES National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar event. This event offers you the opportunity to tour innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change.

City Cabins

City Cabins will be open to tour October 1, 2011 from 1-4pm.  See the solar array installed by A & R Solar and many more high tech building techniques that are being used by Martha Rose Construction, this behind the wall tour is a rare opportunity to see firsthand how a high-performance home is designed and built.

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Seizing Energy Efficiency

The Seattle event, Solar Washington, features open house tours of solar-powered homes, to introduce the solar technologies citizens are using to 1) slash monthly energy bills, 2) reduce harmful carbon emissions, 3) assert their energy independence and 4) enjoy rich tax credits and cash incentives as they improve their property values.

For more information contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7535

Next-Gen Homes on Queen Anne Hill Targeting 3 Green Certifications

Monday, September 12th, 2011

The buzz on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill neighborhood is starting to pick about the two new high performance homes being build on the Hill’s northwest side. The two homes, City Cabins, constructed by Martha Rose Construction in Seattle, are extreme green homes. What does this mean? The homes will be put through extensive testing and third party certifying before being awarded the 5 Star Built Green, Energy Star and Building American Certifications.  Rose a builder with a high green IQ has been building at the highest levels of the Built Green program since its inception and has within the last 5 years added the ENERGY STAR and Building America’s Builders Challenge certifications to all of their new homes.  Today’s focus ENERGY STAR

To qualify as an ENERGY STAR home

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

City Cabins should be 40-50% more efficient than standard built new homes. These “next-gen” built homes will have earned the government’s trusted ENERGY STAR label; homeowners will have the comfort knowing it’s been built to meet or surpass the strict guidelines of the Environmental Protect Agency.

Some of the important benefits of owing an ENERGY STAR home:

Lower Utility Bills

By using less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating, ENERGY STAR qualified homes deliver approximately 20% savings on annual utility bills. Over the 7 to 8 years that a typical family lives in a home, you can save thousands of dollars in maintenance cost.

Enhanced Performance

In ENERGY STAR qualified homes, comfort is ensured with consistent temperatures between and across rooms; indoor air quality is enhanced by reducing dust, pollen, bugs, and excessive humidity; and durability is improved with comprehensive water protection, windows that block damaging sunlight, and better grade equipment.

Environmental Protection

The energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants. So, by using less energy to operate, ENERGY STAR qualified homes help to prevent air pollution—an added benefit for today’s environmentally-conscious consumer looking for “green” choices.

City Cabins are now under construction and are scheduled for a November 2011 completion. For more information visit the website or contact Adrian Willanger.

Cabin Couture on Queen Anne Hill

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

The blending of natural finishes with high-performance construction is part of the new hybrid homes being developed on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill by Martha Rose Construction.

Choosing to build to the standards of the government’s Building America and Builder’s Challenge programs, Energy Star and local green home building program Built Green, which require that the homes be at least  30% more energy-efficiency than code built homes.

This alone is a task that requires strict attention to detail when constructing the homes ensuring they are built virtually air tight.  To off-set the lack of air flow into the home a high performance heat-recovery-ventilator will be installed to exhaust the stale air with fresh filtered air 24/7 in all the living areas.

A feeling of tone downed sumptuousness is created in the interior finishes with au-natural ceiling and floors made from re-claimed tongue and groove Douglas Fir planks while the design theme maximizes the use of natural daylighting. A & R Solar is responsible for the design and installation of an array of solar panels on the northern home which should provide enough electrical power to an electrical vehicle for approximately 8000 miles.

The simplicity of the homes basins and sinks add to the authenticity of the “cabin-ish” feel that adds to the uniqueness of these homes.  Unlike the cabins of yore these fixtures are equipped with energy smart water saving features.

The City Cabin concept is a unique offering, which should fit nicely into a marketplace when buyers are seeking value, style, sustainability, and of course great connectivity.

City Cabins are scheduled for a November 2011 unveiling, for more information contact Adrian Willanger.

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.