The featured home is a spacious 1208 square feet. It’s super-insulated and net-zero and includes the following features:

Amber Westerman, Poem Home

interior photo by Beth Skogen Photography http://www.bethskogen.com

Thermal Envelope

  • 12″ thick double 2×4 wall with dense-pack cellulose R-45
  • 24″ deep roof truss with vent channel and dense-pack cellulose R-80
  • concrete slab on foam insulation R-20
  • blower door tested to airtightness 0.02 cfm50/sf shell (0.38 ACH@50Pa)



  • PV solar panels sized to offset a year’s energy use
  • all-electric and fossil-fuel free
  • ductless air-source heat pump (mini-split)
  • ductless heat recovery ventilator (Lunos HRV)
  • super-insulated Marathon hot water heater
  • Water-Sense rated plumbing fixtures
  • radon mitigation system
  • dark-sky friendly exterior lighting

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  • 1048 sf interior area, adaptable for barrier-free living
  • master bedroom with en suite bathroom, curb-less tiled shower
  • second bedroom with adjacent bathroom, curb-less tiled shower
  • streamlined kitchen with generous base cabinets and long countertop
  • spacious living-dining room with 12-foot-wide patio door
  • vaulted ceilings
  • locally milled rough-sawn loft
  • custom built-in wardrobes and benches

Amber Westerman, Poem Home

Amber Westerman, Poem Home

Amber Westerman, Poem Home

Amber Westerman, Poem Home

Amber Westerman, Poem Home

Amber Westerman, Poem Home

interior photos by: Beth Skogen Photography http://www.bethskogen.com


  • breezeway or screened porch
  • semi-attached 2-car garage
  • standing seam concealed fastener steel roof
  • natural finish wood siding
  • cement board siding
  • arbor/pergola shade structure
  • Marvin fiberglass windows R-3.7



  • native stone retaining wall
  • vegetable garden
  • windbreak and shade trees
  • prairie garden
  • in-ground gutters with option for rain collection
exterior photos by Eric Wallner
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