Custom Homes

Although a new home avoids the need to resolve pre-existing conditions and constraints, the number of choices to make exceed those of a remodel because one starts with a clean slate... there's nothing there. Except a vision in our clients' mind. Here are a few of these solutions.
The greenest home we've ever designed and built
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Rastra blocks (insulated concrete forms) covered with a pre-colored coating add one more feature to how maintenance free and energy efficient this small home is. The 2 logs visible here were harvested from the footprint upon which the house is built. For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013...More
“wood and stucco color” — boydklyons
Our main source of heat given how energy efficient the home is!
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Also note that the 2x car decking is both the subfloor and the finished floor. The window sills incorporate salvaged pickle tank wood and repurposed/reused school chalk boards. For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to
Salvaged materials used throughout...
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The treads and stair jacks are salvaged, reused beams. And we tied the bamboo details throughout the property, both interior and exterior. For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/04/green-h...
“loft safety railing” — corteskid
At 1,350 sf, the smallest new custom home we've designed and built.
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We were able to retain most all of the large trees on this urban infill lot in Bellingham. Note the xeriscaping... no lawn and native plants. Even the grounds are very low maintenance! For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to
Custom Homes
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For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/06/this-new-home-allowed-a-new-energy-efficient-living-environment/
“tile with carpet, pillar” — moggollon22
Formal dining room and front entry for a new home we designed and built
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For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/06/this-new-home-allowed-a-new-energy-efficient-living-environment/
A whole lot of outdoor living space... as requested by our clients
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We designed and built this new custom home in the county to the east of Bellingham. For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/06/this-new-home-allowed-a-new-energy-efficient-living-environment/
This fairly large kitchen was the focal point for our client's new custom home
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We performed both the design and the construction for this custom home. This project followed years after a major remodel on their prior home on an adjacent property. For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/06/this-new-home-allowed-a-new-energy-efficient-living-environment/
“stove hood” — moggollon22
A custom home we designed and built atop a knoll in rural Skagit County
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Our clients were an avid birder and a building performance specialist. Our design and attention to detail had to work for both of them. Nailed'em both! For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/05/very-green-energy-efficient-home-in-a-private-skagit-county-setting/
Stained 'n scored concrete floor
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The aim was to mimic the look of large ceramic tiles. We achieved their goal in this custom home we designed and built. For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/05/very-green-energy-efficient-home-in-a-private-skagit-county-setting/
“The mixture of colors. Want something similar with a more turquoise tone in it.” — rmd812
An energy-efficient custom home we designed and built in rural Skagit County
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Rastra block foundation; super insulated shell; 50-year comp shingles; large overhangs; wood windows... some of the features requested by our clients, one of whom is a building performance specialist. For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/05/very-green-energy-efficient-home-in-a-private-ska...More
We designed and built this craft and bonus room into the upstairs of this new cu
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Our clients wanted a multi-purpose room upstairs and this resulting space worked out just fine. Note the windows on the left which actually open up into the cathedral ceiling of the living room below. For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/04/green-home-among-the-trees/
A new, small, custom home seeking to feel like a cabin
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The 2x fir car decking serves as subfloor and finished floor, as well as permitting the floor joists to span 32" on center. These are among the techniques we incorporated in this new home we designed and built. Such techniques are often referred to as 'dematerialization' in the green-building world. For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both d...More
An in-fill home that looks like its always been there
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This small custom home we designed and built nearly matches the footprint of the former rear lawn. It was surrounded by the live Christmas trees the prior owner planted after the holidays; we were able to save almost all of them! For more information and additional photos of this project, which we both designed and built, go to http://a1builders.ws/2013/04/green-home-among-th...More
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