Architects: AMDG Architects Inc.
Builder: Scott Christopher Homes
Home Inspector: General
Electric: Streekstra Electric
Plumbing: Lameyer Plumbing
HVAC: Geiger Heating
Service Provider: Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
The goal was for the cottage to be built attractively with features and organization appropriate to similar cottages in the area while being both sustainable and at a market competitive price. With this project, the owners hope to encourage "green" building techniques and to display the ease, beauty and affordability of sustainable projects.
- Careful site planning minimized disturbance of the natural lakeshore environment, including consideration of critical dunes, floodplains, wetlands, and species habitats. Tree clearing was kept to a minimum, and the lumber as mulched for use on the property.
- Compact design with ample outdoor living space in a wrap around porch and sleeping porches, all focused on the wooded setting and bringing the outdoors in. Screened sleeping porches and efficient sleeping rooms still allowed for gracious living areas.
- Passive cooling was carefully considered so that with windows open in various screened porches and a slight boost from extremely energy efficient fans, the whole house is passively cooled.
- Little (and some not-so-little) things that count:
- pre-fabricated foundation for a tight envelope and minimal site disturbance
- careful framing and sealing details for an extremely tight envelope
- owner designed and installed indigenous landscaping with no irrigation requirements
- dual-flush toilets
- non-HCFC refrigerants
- low VOC paint
- recycled materials including carpet and deck/patio
- owner installed countertop made of stone remnants
- FSC-certified wood
- Energy Star appliances and exhaust fans
Mission: To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, in a way that improves the quality of life in West Michigan.