Seattle-based design/build firm Dwell Development partnered with architect Julian Weber to realize this 3,140-square-foot, net-zero house in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. Combining modern design with consciously chosen, local materials, that are either natural, recycled, or repurposed, the architects created an eco-friendly hub that looks innovative rather than junky.

For instance, concrete that was broken during the construction phase was reused as the pebble pathway leading up to the house. On the exterior, salvaged wood and corrugated metal from a barn in Willamette Valley creates a homey façade. The metal was also used as siding for the multi-level fence. All of this is coated with Enviro-Dri, a weather-resisitive barrier than keeps out moisture and does not pollute the environment.

Above, the house is decked out with solar panels, that are unseeable from the ground-level. For the interior, triple pane windows maintain the temperatures for both the colder and hotter months, while the ventilator provides fresh air. The concrete floors also provide radiant heating, which helps keep energy usage down, making it a smart home from the ground up. Read More