Mountain View Drive

Earth Advantage: Platinum Award winner

Because John and Bea wanted a dream home that was comfortable and energy efficient, we built their new home to the Earth Advantage New Homes standard. Earth Advantage certification requires sustainable design choices, inspections and a series of tests. John and Bea’s home earned a Platinum Award, the highest award given by the organization.

Project Details

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The home features two separate solar systems. One cluster of panels is photovoltaic, generating most of the home's electrical power. A second set of panels is part of a solar hot water system. The design also uses passive solar heating principles, by allowing the sun to heat the home in the winter (and sizing overhangs to protect it in the summer)

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Water Conservation

For water conservation, we chose low flower shower heads and focused on the irrigation system. We built dual 1500 gallon rain cisterns to catch rain water for irrigating the hundreds of native plants Bea has added for natural landscaping.

Dramatic Architectural Features

We included a graceful curved concrete interior stairway, floors crafted from locally-milled madrone hardwood and concrete tinted with a soy-based stain. We also crafted a custom-colored American Clay (plaster) accent wall, a custom cedar sauna, a high-efficiency wood stove with soapstone accent, spectacular tile bathrooms, and a spacious kitchen with recycled Eco quartz countertops and commercial-grade appliances. For the canine members of the family, there’s a tile dog washing shower and a dog operated doorbell.

What our Clients are Saying

“G. Christianson recently completed a major kitchen and bath remodel for us. We really enjoyed working with this excellent firm from the day we walked in the door until the final sign off. Anna, Jon and Elizabeth created a design that incorporated our ideas with theirs that is wonderful. It opened up our 1980's kitchen and made it much more functional and beautiful. The cabinets that Ron, Eric and Bill built and installed are perfect for our space and the quality, fit and finish are absolutely top drawer. The construction team, Tony, Maria, Gavin, Eric, Dennis, Bill, and Cesar were outstanding. Always, courteous, professional and clean. There was never a mess left at the end of the day. Their attention to detail and quality of work from the framing to the finish work was fantastic. Similarly, the sub-contractors were excellent. Jon, did an amazing job juggling the order of work to address illnesses and other unexpected interruptions to keep the schedule on track. This was a 5 month project and it finished within a couple of weeks of the original completion date. I've done some project management myself, and know how difficult this can be. We are delighted with the results and love showing off our beautiful new kitchen and bath. G. Christianson Construction is as advertised, a high quality, professional team that delivers what the promise. We highly recommend them. ”

Susan & Marc Baldwin, Corvallis

“We’re very happy to recommend you and your work whenever we can, we love our home.”

Nadine and Eric Skillingstad, Corvallis

“They exceeded my already high expectations on this latest project. I'm already planning the next project, and would recommend them heartily.”

Pat Megowan, Corvallis

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