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Rainier View Homes

Rainier View Homes

This 11-home cottage development will be certified Built Green and solar ready, serving the housing shortage by increasing density, and providing sustainable options to first-time home buyers.

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Yakima Net Positive

Yakima Net Positive

It has been over two years since the owners moved into their new home, and they have not had a single energy bill and are comfortable year-round.

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Verbrugge Home – Yakima

Verbrugge Home – Yakima

Hardy finishes and layered shading strategies are naturals for this south-facing view site.

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Peterman Home – Mt. Si

Peterman Home – Mt. Si

The Petermans came to us with a beautiful piece of property at the foot of Mount Si on the Snoqualmie River, and a vision to create a modest home intimately connected to the land.

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Traditional Forms

Traditional Forms

Consider a child’s drawing of a house. While not necessarily well balanced or proportioned, everyone recognizes it. That image with a sloped roof, front door, and chimney coming out of the top is as basic to our collective understanding of ‘home’ as the big yellow sun shining over it. Of course Living Shelter’s home designs are more refined – with a practiced eye for flow, scale and proportion – but we tend toward that basic element of traditional form. Modern details, finishes, and colors bring these forms into the present day, while leaving an essence of...

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Gifts Of Your Site

Gifts Of Your Site

One of the most delightful aspects of building from a custom design is making the most of the gifts of your site. These gifts include sun, wind, water, vegetation, slopes, and views. You might think of these as Fruit on the Ground, which is even easier to reach than Low Hanging Fruit!   Our favorite way to add value is with Passive Solar design. This costs nothing extra, and works by placing windows to the south with proper shading to help heat your home in the winter while shading the summer’s rays. Deciduous vines on a trellis are a great way to provide the shading, since they...

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