This waterfront guest house called Barn Gallery started its life with the deconstruction of a 70s era house. This upcycled, salvaged and energy efficient getaway, designed by Incline Design, is nestled into lush forest on Lopez Island in Washington with the same footprint as the existing dwelling. The new house was built with a limited budget and strict design criteria, dispelling the belief that it always costs more to build sustainably.
This energy efficient home uses heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and heat pump technology, radiant heated floors, rainwater tanks, structural insulated panels, reclaimed materials, thermal mass to regulate internal temperates, huge windows providing natural light, highly air tight building envelope and drought tolerant landscape, resulting in a comfortable island retreat which minimises its heating and cooling requirements.
To complete this project within budget, the architects were required to look at the materials and resources they already at hand. The gorgeous timber cladding was re-sawn salvaged floor joists from the original home, combined with boards sourced from an old warehouse used to store movie props. The original house cladding was sandblasted, white washed and has been used throughout the interior of the new guest house. The rainwater tank, rather than typically being hidden, has been clad in salvaged timber to become a feature of the property.
The home was constructed using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) which allowed for the building envelope to be finished in a speedy 5 days. Aside from being super quick to install, SIPs provide fantastic thermal performance which reduces a buildings heating and cooling costs. These lightweight panels can be used for walls, floors and roofs and are prefabricated which helps to reduce onsite construction waste.
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– Constructed using SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels)
– Heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and heat pump technology
– Radiant heated floors
– Rainwater harvesting
– Using reclaimed wood and metal elements
– Rain garden to capture runoff from sloping terrain and tank overflow
– Energy efficient electrical fittings and appliances
– Water efficient fittings and appliances
– Polished concrete floors used as thermal mass to absorb and store heat energy
– Large windows to capture natural light
– EV charging station
– Drought tolerant landscaping
– Upcycled, salvaged and highly energy efficient
Creating an architectural gem to showcase the green experience
This is where technology meets history. The eight foot pivot front door was fabricated from VG pine planks sourced from a deconstructed 75 year old building in eastern Washington, and you can open it with your smart phone!
Nadine is the founder and editor of Eco Edition and founder of the Eco Edition Design School. She’s an experienced interior designer, sustainable materials consultant, speaker and serial home renovator.