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A Contemporary Energy-efficient Sustainable Home Built in Montana

The Quinn Creek Home is a contemporary, energy-efficient sustainable home built in Montana  with “Sun Smart Radiant Heating” designed by Greenovision Home Design and contracted by CWJ & Associates. It is located in the mountains just east of Bozeman, Montana. We wish to thank CWJ and all of the subcontractors for their excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail.

The Quinn Creek Home was designed to be constructed with durable, long-lasting, and low maintenance exterior materials. The roofs and siding are metal- a material approach that eliminates the need to re-roof and re-side every 10 to 20 years, ultimately resulting in a more affordable home. With our material usage and energy-efficiency strategies, we consider the Quinn Creek Home to be green and sustainable.

Since we practice environmental design at Greenovision, the environmental conditions of the Quinn Creek site and its surroundings influenced the home design. Positive conditions such as beautiful vistas, passive solar exposure, cool summer breezes, etc are utilized to benefit the home. Negative conditions such as unsightly views, glaring western sunlight, harsh winter winds, etc are minimized through careful design. The surrounding mountain and hillside slopes of the Quinn Creek Home were carefully analyzed and integrated into the design and roof pitches. The metal siding and roofing colors were also carefully chosen to help the home sit beautifully into the environment during the changing seasons.

Situating the home onto the site was 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 less expensive solution.

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