This small family retreat was designed to make the most of its site while reducing environmental impacts. The house is sited at the top of a sloping meadow to capture views across the meadow to the valley beyond. Enclosed living and sleeping areas are connected by an open "dogtrot." The dogtrot is the focal point for outdoor living so desirable in this benign climate.
Straw bale construction and other low-tech appropriate, sustainable design measures reduce environmental impacts and provide a comfortable house that does not require mechanical cooling, even on the hottest days. The simple plan and section are designed to promote natural ventilation. Other ecological measures include sustainably harvested wood, cellulose insulation, and countertops made from recycled glass.