Our House

Our house is a 3-bedroom ranch, with an attached 2-bedroom cottage that provides independent living space for family members. The home is designed to produce at least as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis through a combination of super-insulation, active and passive solar heating, a solar electric array, and other energy-saving strategies.

We were fortunate to find a builder, Vos Energy Concepts, who was familiar with many green building practices and willing to work together with us on the construction. We're very satisfied with the end result and we can highly recommend them.

House Design
We decided to design the house ourselves rather than hiring an architect, not to save money but because designing it is half the fun. Click the link above to see details of the design.

LEED Certification
We chose to pursue LEED certification for our home as a way of measuring our level of green building design and construction.

Construction
Click here for hundreds of photos showing every aspect of the construction process.

Landscaping
Creating the gardens and edible landscaping around the house.

Thermal Imaging
Checking the integrity of our insulation.

Energy Reports
Monthly reports of our energy production and consumption.

The Land
We purchased our property located just outside of Saranac Michigan in the fall of 2008. Click the link above to see more about why we chose this particular property.

Almanac
Some photos of the changing seasons and wildlife on our property.


This page was updated on Thursday May 25, 2017