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Hawk Ridge Home Construction Updates: May 3rd &10th

Hawk Ridge Home Construction Updates: May 3rd &10th

Construction of the Hawk Ridge Home in Paradise Valley is well underway! This home is designed to be sustainable and energy-efficient with “Sun Smart Radiant Heating” (combined passive solar and radiant hydronic heating), passive cooling, a well-insulated and tightly sealed building envelope, solar electric panels, long-lasting exterior materials, interior finish details made from reclaimed lumber, and other green features. It’s Greenovision’s greenest home yet!

These first four photos were taken on May 3rd and snow the plumbing and electrical conduits being installed under the slab.

The next six photos were taken on Mark’s site visit on May 10th. You can see the radiant floor tubing laid out and the slab being poured; both are important components of the design and energy efficiency of this green home. The concrete slab floor is the “thermal mass” which stores and helps regulate the passive solar heat gain during the winter. The radiant system actively distributes the passively collected solar heat for an even temperature throughout the home and is also an efficient back-up heating system for long stretches of sunless days.

Thanks to the excavation, concrete, electrical, heating, and plumbing crews as well as the general contractor for all of your excellent work so far! We’re thrilled to see this home coming along… More construction photos can be seen on our Greenovision Facebook Page.

Crimson Bluffs May 29th Construction Update

Crimson Bluffs May 29th Construction Update

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We spent a few days at the Crimson Bluffs home recently.  Things are moving along.  Often at this point in home construction, contractors can get frustrated because of subcontractor overlaps and time schedules not matching up.  Its a very busy time of the year in general.  This is why we always recommend to our clients to look at the design and construction process to be lined up well in advance and to understand that having your dream home designed and built should take time and not be a rushed endeavor.  Below are some images of all of the various details that are going on at once at this time on site.  Awnings being built, radiant floor being prepared for gypcrete pour, interior wood ceiling installation, exterior being completed so that final dirt grading can be completed.  The tile is being laid on the lower level.  We spent a very early morning taking some pictures to give a feeling for what its like to wake up on this site.  Hope you enjoy the images.  More later.

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New Passive Solar Home Design and Models: Crimson Bluffs Home

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Greenovision is pleased to announce that we are working on a design for another new home this winter 2015. The Crimson Bluffs Home will be located in Townsend, Montana on the historic Lewis and Clark Trail, which overlooks the Missouri River. At about 2200 square feet, this contemporary two story home (plus attached garage) is designed for passive solar heating and passive cooling strategies.

Upon entering the home from the west-side entrance, you can sit on the built-in bench to remove your shoes and take off your coat. This foyer/mudroom area will have custom built-in cubbies and a closet for storage of seasonal clothing, shoes, and gear. A door to the north of the foyer leads to a small and quiet studio/office room. Exiting the foyer to the east, you will walk into an open floor plan which includes the kitchen, dining room, and living room. You’ll immediately have stunning views of the Big Belt Mountains to the east and the Crimson Bluffs to the south. Views of the Missouri River can be seen just down the hill to the east and northeast. You can exit the living room area to a large outdoor deck located on the east side of the main floor. This deck, with deep roof overhang, will be a cool and relaxing place to sit outdoors during the warmer months. Views of the Missouri will be especially prominent from the deck. The main floor also includes a half bathroom, a walk-in pantry, and a stairwell leading to the lower floor.

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The lower level includes a master bedroom with master bath and walk-in closet, a guest room, a guest bathroom, and a large, sunny family room that can double as another guest room. There is also an unfinished room for storage, laundry, and the home’s mechanical systems. One can exit the family room to the south and sit outdoors in a sunny patio area. This patio will be a warm place to soak in the sun during the winter as it will be protected from the cold, northerly winter winds.

We recently completed the design and models for this home (seen here), but please stay tuned as we work on the rendered models. The renderings will provide much more realistic views of the interior and exterior of the home and will let us see how the home will look on the site. Construction is slated to begin in fall 2015!

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New Design: Quinn Creek Home

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We at Greenovision are excited to be working on a new design for a home that will be built on Quinn Creek Road, just outside of Bozeman. This is a 2500 square foot passive solar home (plus garage) that that will be nestled into the Bangtail Mountains. The homeowners will have spectacular views from within their home of the Absaroka and Gallatin mountain ranges. We have posted some renderings here of how the home will be located on the site; the siding materials are likely to change.

When you enter the home from the north, you’ll be greeted not only with an open floor plan, but an immediate view outdoors. The dining room, living room, kitchen, 1/2 bathroom, and an integrated mudroom with storage area are located on the top floor. The stairs to the ground floor are located in the center of the building and the stairwell will be illuminated with natural sunlight. The ground floor includes an exercise area, a guest bedroom with bathroom, an office, a reading room, and a laundry room. A few steps down from the ground floor is the master bedroom area, its own module secluded from the rest of the home. This area includes the master bath, a walk-in closet, and a large bedroom with stunning mountain views to the south and east.

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Situating the home onto the site has been a challenge, but we love a good challenge at Greenovision. The homeowners have 20 acres at an elevation of 7200 feet, which seems like a lot of space for situating the home, however, most of the site is at 16-20% down-sloping grade. This is a very steep grade and makes for a driveway that is barely drivable when covered with snow or ice. A driveway of this pitch can also be challenging for construction equipment to access. We needed to find a home site near the top of their property to minimize driveway length and to maximize solar gain exposure and mountain vistas. We also needed a spot that was not too steep of a slope and was far enough back from property setback lines. We had to test out a couple different home locations. Our original site required a driveway that was just too steep and also would have required a tall concrete retaining wall, which would not have been a good use of budget. Trying out different possibilities is crucial in home design to help solve difficult problems. In the end, we came to a practical and affordable solution and our clients are pleased with our problem solving.

The Quinn Creek home is designed and will be built to be energy-efficient, with passive solar and passive cooling strategies. We are pleased to have put a great team (general contractor/builder, geo-technical engineering company,  surveyor, and excavator) together to help with the project.  Some excavation work began in fall 2014 and construction is slated for spring/summer of 2015. Stay tuned!

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