Clients were excited and willing to push the envelope on designing the most energy efficient house their budget could afford.

A two-story home situated on a large, flat lot featuring filtered first floor views and unobstructed second floor views of the Cascade Mountains. This Seattle home is 3 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths.

A 1,500 gallon cistern collects rainwater for toilets, laundry, and landscaping. 9 zone radiant in-slab heating has the capacity for future solar rooftop panels and a green roof.

The living room's exposed wood ceilings mirror the butterfly roof. Butterfly roof captures rainwater, channeling it to a 1,500 gallon cistern behind the house. Windows are judiciously used to take advantage of Cascade Mountain view.

This house is a jubilant example of excellence that can be created by caring owners, a normal budget, a dedication to good design, and a simple range of technology.