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Longhouse Dreams

This lovely cottage nestled in the woods was built with Rastra insulated concrete forms for "aging in place." Its contemporary Northwest architectural style is inspired by the owner's Native American heritage and traditional longhouse design.
Longhouse Dreams

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6835 Zangle Rd NE Olympia, WA 98506

Brand X Design & Construction

This lovely cottage nestled in the woods was built with Rastra insulated concrete forms for "aging in place." Its contemporary Northwest architectural style is inspired by the owner's Native American heritage and traditional longhouse design.

Brand X LogoThis home was designed for owner Colleen Jollie by architect Byron Barnes as a 1-bedroom home suitable for "aging in place" beyond her retirement years.  Ms. Jollie is an engineer with WH Pacific, and is descended from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (North Dakota).  For her Masters Thesis at Evergreen State College she designed and built the Evergreen Longhouse.  To bring her cultural identity home, she built her house with an open longhouse style "inspired by a mushroom popping up in the woods."

The Jollie Cottage was completed in 2007.  Recycled crushed glass from Concrete Recyclers, Inc was used as aggregate fill under the slab-on-grade floor.  Notably, the house was framed with Rastra insulated concrete forms supplied by EverGreen Depot (in 2006 when still owned by Guild co-founder Tom St. Louis).  Rastra ICFs are large blocks made from concrete and recycled styrofoam.  The blocks are poured full of concrete to provide a thick, strong, warm and tight wall system.  The rough surface of the blocks were finished with plaster in the inside and stucco on the outside.  This place is beautiful.  You won't want to leave!

Rastra closeupRastra framing-bracingAlmost done!

The home's passive solar design uses tall south facing walls with large windows, plus thermal mass throughout the house to capture warmth from the sun, helping keep it warm in winter and cut energy costs.  Intentionally designed cross-ventilation keeps it cool in summer.  An insulated radiant heated concrete slab was stained and finished for the finished flooring.  Thoughtful custom details include a hybridized Milestone concrete shower, interior wood work and achitectural timbers milled from Douglas Fir tree which fell on the property, a hand-crafted spiral staircase leading to a loft with Marmoleum floor.

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Longhouse Dreams
Inspired by "a mushroom popping up in the woods."
Longhouse Dreams
Coming up the driveway
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