Greentech Construction

Smart Design
We have all seen strip malls that are dated, empty and torn down after 20 or 30 years. Unfortunately, much of our housing is built with this same disposable mentality, the result of poor design, poor choice of materials, shoddy workmanship, and no thought to the future.Consider downsizing your home to improve its functionality, comfort and convenience. Sarah Susanka became a best selling author with her book The Not So Big House where she asks us to define the areas of the home where we spend the most time and those areas where we feel the most comfortable. Front foyers with 25 foot tall ceilings, dining rooms and formal living rooms represent much wasted seldom used space, are expensive to build, and cost money to heat and cool every day. The complex rooflines of the ubiquitous McMansions are a further waste of resources and represent money that could be put to better use with better design and detailing inside the home.

Siting and Orientation
Siting the home properly on its lot and orienting it to the sun to take advantage of passive solar gains and natural daylight along with prevailing breezes is critical. Effective window placement takes advantage of the low winter sun’s passive gains and daylighting capabilities while shading the home’s east and west windows with proper roof overhangs and tree placement minimizes the summer sun’s damaging heat gains.

Timber Frames
Whenever possible, we have worked with antique timber frame barns and houses hand crafted in the 1800’s. We typically incorporate them into a home’s great room, kitchen, or dining areas.

To learn more about our use of timber frames, click here.