Forest House above the Bay




Hosted by: Bellingham Bay Builders

  • Building Designer: Building Design Services
  • Contractor: Bellingham Bay Builders
  • Mosaic Tile Floor: Debbie Dickinson
  • Stained Glass: Crosby Glass Studio
  • Cabinetry: Smith and Vallee
  • Solar Installer: Barron Solar
  • Energy Modeling: Ecoe Company

Green Features:

  • Site solar panels
  • Salvaged lumber
  • Materials reuse and recycling
  • Energy efficient HVAC and water heating
  • High-performance building envelope
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This stunning NW contemporary home, nestled amongst the trees above Bellingham Bay, offers a relaxing and outdoor lifestyle for its residents. The main floor has all the necessary amenities for aging in place, while the lower floor provides space for hosting family and friends. Collaborations with local designers and craftspeople add to the overall aesthetic of the home, with beautiful mosaic tile flooring, stained glass, and intricate tile installations. The home also boasts sustainable features such as recycled timbers, energy-efficient heating, and a solar array on the roof. The impeccable attention to detail and quality installation make this home a must-see.

  • Solar panels
  • Durable building envelope
  • Rain screen + large overhangs
  • ¬†Excellent access to parks, trails, waterfront, and other natural amenities
  • Infill lot, designed to minimize clearing on the site
Water Efficiency
  • Low flow fixtures
  • Dual-flush toilets
Energy & Atmosphere
  • HERS score of 28
  • DOE ZERH certified
  • Energystar certified
  • Solar panel array
  • Daikin ductless mini-split heat pump
  • Heat pump water heater
  • LED lighting
  • Electric cooktop
  • Super-insulated envelope, less than 2.64 ACH @ 50pa.
Materials & Resources
  • Construction waste recycling
  • Salvaged Fir timbers
  • Use of recyclable materials (i.e. metal roofing)
  • Onsite timber used
Indoor Air Quality
  • Indoor AirPLUS certified
  • HRV
  • Tight building envelope with controlled air exchange
  • Durable floors in wet rooms
  • Rain screen siding detail
  • Water vapor managed membrane

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