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Building Smart in Benton County Oregon
Brian and Merrilee contacted us in 2013 to build a home on their property in Corvallis. The plans for the 1,700 sq. ft. home borrow from “The Not So Big House,” by Sarah Susanka, whose motto is to “build better rather than bigger.” Brian and Merrilee decided to build and design usable spaces with a focus on solid construction. That is what made GCCI the right choice for them.
The 3 bedroom/2.5 bath took six months to build from start to finish of construction. The banisters add a special touch to the interior of the home. They were repurposed by GCCI from the original 150 year-old farm house on the property.
We created an integrated sound system, featuring remote speakers throughout the house and a hub centrally located under the staircase. Brian and Merrilee knew they wanted to install a wood-burning stove in the near future, but the search for the perfect unit, along with a timely permit process, put the installation on hold. GCCI was able to pre-pipe for the stove, which will provide the couple savings in the future.
The kitchen is highlighted by Katana Frameless Cabinets by Canyon Creek in Maple and Formica Seagrass matte countertops. The clients chose a Proflo Stainless Kitchen Sink and Moen accessories to go along with Marmoleum flooring. The same flooring flows into the bathroom, accented by matte Formica Beluga Beige countertops.
Trec Guardian, a composite deck material, was chosen for its high resistance to the elements. Cedar railing finish off the exterior space.
The clients decided to install Fujitsu HVAC units as an energy upgrade to their home. As an alternative to a traditional furnace, the Fujitsu units offer high efficiency ratios. GCCI installed one outdoor unit connected to indoor units in the attic and second floor. This selection eliminated the interior space needed for air handlers. We also installed a Lifebreath heat recovery ventilator (HRV) to maintain indoor air quality.
Another important energy upgrade the clients chose was high insulation to create a better R-value. This provides a thermal boundary to the house. We installed R-50 fiberglass batts to the entire main level, R-49 into flat ceiling areas, and R-21 unfaced sound control insulation in the den.
GCCI is serious about weather-proofing our new builds. Underneath the James Hardie siding and Cypress trim is: TriBuilt vapor barrier, Moistop tape around the windows and doors, and z flashing above all the trim. Milgard Styleline 3D North Energy Package windows provide more insulation than a standard window package. The superintendents at GCCI are proud to help our customers choose economically-minded, high-value upgrades. If you are interested in a new build, addition, remodel, or energy upgrade, please call us today at 541-754-6326.