Specializing in bringing sustainable residential and light commercial construction to the Decorah Area.
We built this home in 2006 northeast of Decorah. The Wild Rose Timberworks frame is White Pine on the interior and Oak on the porch. One of the defining features of the timber frame is the classic King Post truss “with opposing and adjacent bracing for a graceful ‘branch-like’ appearance.”
The walls and roof are Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) that give the home a tight, well insulated shell. As part of the Energy Star certification, we had a blower door test done on the house that tests the home’s tightness, and at the same time it gives you an idea of where the leaks in the shell are. The certification was performed by Karl Oldenburg of Renewal Home Energy.
This home was built in 08’-09’ northeast of Decorah. The clients had a challenging building site on which to locate the 1700 sq. ft. home. We incorporated a number of different building materials to achieve our design and energy efficiency goals. The foundation is ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms), which provide strength and superior insulation. The walls and the main roof are SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels), which go together quickly and provide a well insulated, air-tight shell. And the roof area over the kitchen uses conventional trusses with spray foam on the underside of the roof (hot roof).
One of the goals of the homeowner was to have an energy efficient home that was comfortable and easy to heat. A simple way to help achieve that goal was to have the home Energy Star rated. The Energy Star program provides guidelines for efficiency, set by the EPA, which typically results in a home being 20%-30% more efficient than the average home.
Our clients were interested in a home that made efficient use of a smaller lot. The primary focus of the homeowners was on a durable, energy efficient home. To that end, we used insulated concrete forms to the eaves and reinforced concrete floor on the main level. Particular attention was paid to passive solar gain in locating and sizing of the windows and eaves on the south side of the house. There is a tuck-under garage that is sealed off from the rest of the house to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home. Trim throughout the main level was made from reclaimed fir flooring, a favorite practice of ours.