Video explaining how Don Livingstone designed the home:

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From our New Construction Page:

When John and Bea moved to Corvallis, we helped them find a property and build their dream home. The Earth Advantage Institute awarded the house their highest designation, the Platinum award, for its sustainable building features.

The lot’s existing home was dilapidated, but it had a distinctive curved foundation.  We removed the deteriorated wood framing, but saved portions of the foundation. After pouring new curved walls using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF blocks), we built the two-story 3,900 square foot super-insulated home with south-facing passive solar windows, a sunroom, and glulam columns supporting the roof. The unique design incorporates solar-tube lighting on the lower level.

The 3 bedroom,  3.5 bathroom home includes some dramatic architectural features:  a graceful curved concrete interior stairway, floors crafted from locally-milled madrone hardwood and concrete tinted with a soy-based stain,  a custom-colored American Clay (plaster) accent wall, a custom cedar sauna, a high-efficiency wood stove with soapstone accent, custom handrails, spectacular tile bathrooms, and a spacious kitchen with recycled Eco quartz countertops and commercial-grade appliances. For the canines members of the family, there’s a tile dog washing shower and  a dog doorbell.

From our Energy Efficiency Page:

John and Bea’s overarching goal was to create their dream home in Corvallis. A big part of their dream was to create a comfortable, efficient green home. We installed two different solar systems. The panels clustered on the left are photovoltaic, they generate electrical power. The panels on the lower right are part of a solar hot water system.  Cold water is pumped through these three panels which heat the water, which then circulates down through the basement storage tank transferring it’s heat to the clean drinking water.  The preheated clean water in the storage tank supplies the house, and if necessary, a Takagi instantaneous hot water heater boosts the water temperature. On a sunny day, the instantaneous heater rarely needs to turn on.

This home was built to the Earth Advantage New Homes standard, earning the Platinum Award (the highest given by Earth Advantage). To achieve this, we built with insulated concrete form blocks, sealed all of the walls and ceilings to reduce air leakage, installed extra insulation, added a heat recovery ventilator, installed mini-split ductless heating systems, built dual 1500 gallon rain cisterns for landscaping water, added solar hot water panels, and installed solar photovoltaic panels. Pervious pavers direct water to a new manmade wetlands area. Earth Advantage also requires inspection of the insulation, testing of the heating systems and checking the house for air leakage, as well as other tests.

Bea is also planting hundreds of native plants on the property.

Who We Are

We are premier builders for additions, remodeling and new construction for Corvallis and the Willamette Valley. We specialize in unique and challenging projects and apply sustainable building principles.

Contact Information

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644 NW 4th St. Corvallis, OR

Greg Christianson

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