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All open houses are FREE. However, space is limited. Pre-registration is required to participate in the open house tours.
This beautiful new home was designed by Cindy McCaugherty, a "natural home" designer. It was built almost entirely by Cindy and her husband Bill. Aiming for sustainability, energy efficiency, creativity and beauty, they combined traditional and alternative building methods. Included in the project are a wide range of elements such as cob, light clay straw, earthen floors and countertops, clay and lime plasters, locally milled timbers, as well as reclaimed materials. With south facing windows and interior mass from the floors and cob walls, the home is heated partially by passive solar energy. A rooftop solar hot water unit supplements a tankless electric on-demand water heater. Some other features include: composting toilets, triple glazed fiberglass windows, super insulated walls, planted roofs, grey water re-use and extensive use of low embodied energy materials. The house is situated on an 8.5-acres lot with one quarter of an acre fenced for a food garden. A perennial "forest garden" is being established on a sloped area south of the house.
A unique opportunity to tour a Custom designed, open concept, 2 storeys plus walk out basement home in downtown Nanaimo. This home's exterior walls and roof are constructed with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), contributing to maximum insulation values and seismic structural requirements. The project will be in mid-construction, giving an opportunity to see the SIP panels before they are covered with interior finishes. This home's goal is to achieve Built Green Platinum and minimal operating cost, the homeowner's goal is to enjoy their vast harvested rainwater fed garden and capture the stunning ocean views.
This cozy Craftsman Bungalow represents care-free retirement for its owners. The home was custom designed by Pheasant Hill Homes to allow the owners to age in place graciously and comfortably with very low monthly utility fees. Low maintenance features, accessibility, and the desire for an uncomplicated lifestyle influenced the design and finishing of this energy efficient home. Increased air tightness, a Heat Recovery Ventilator, added insulation, and better windows make this home a very good value for its owners.
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