2021 Portland Modern Home Tour is virtual: See sustainable, energy- and space-saving ideas
Not all house tours have returned for a face-to-face tour, but when you see smartly designed, energy-efficient homes, you can still practically see anything that catches your attention. The five homes featured in 3D movies for the Portland Modern Home Tour on July 24th are examples of sustainable building and decorating trends.
Two apartments were built according to strict “passive house” standards, which means that they can use 80 to 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling, and an 800 square meter house and a 600 square meter studio show space-saving technologies.
A house on Oswego Lake has soundproofed hobby rooms, a secret door and a slide into the home gym and a 900 square meter indoor futsal facility.
Ticket holders ($ 40 at mads.media) will follow while architects, designers, and homeowners from the Portland area guide them through the livestream event and answer questions on-site.
“The live stream and interaction with the audience takes a day, but all of the content will be available in the weeks following the tour for you to explore at your leisure,” says Ken Shallcross of the Modern Architecture + Design Society (MA + DS ), which produces tours in US cities and Canada.
A Season Pass ($ 149) gives you access to MA + DS 2021 live home tours and recorded tours.
Here are the highlights of the five modern homes featured on the Portland Modern Home Tour 2021:
Energy-saving with a small budget: The Treehouse by eMZed Architecture was built on a tight budget in Mount Tabor with 3,200 square meters of living space plus a 600 square meter studio.
The energy-efficient and low-maintenance house was designed in such a way that it has no weak points in the building envelope and maintains pleasant temperatures all year round with lower energy costs.
In passive houses like this one, continuous insulation reduces heat losses and gains, airtightness prevents drafts and moisture problems, and continuous ventilation improves air quality.
Large overhangs and sliding sun protection minimize the need for heating and cooling. A 9.6 kW array of solar roof panels will provide roughly the same annual amount of electricity used by the home and studio, and will earn the project’s net-zero energy certification from Earth Advantage.
The house, built by Birdsmouth Design | Build, has powerful mechanical systems, but was built on a budget with economical finishes and creative use of cabinets.
Remodeling for Modern Living: A two story home in Portland’s Raleigh Hills was designed and built by an engineer for his family in the early 1970s and remodeled by Outside Architecture with True Blue Construction in 2021.
A bright palette of materials and openings create a bright living environment on the 2,835 square meters of living space of the house. Transparent doors connect the kitchen and the family room with the pool terrace.
Hobby noise protection: Modern Organic Architecture and Vanillawood Design Build have created a modern house with glass walls that reach up to double-high ceilings on a private, wooded property on Lake Oswego.
The house has a soundproof movie and game room accessible through a secret hidden door, a soundproof music room, six bedrooms, four bathrooms, two powder rooms and an indoor futsal court and a home gym accessible via a slide is the inner living space.
Sustainable Concrete: This modern house in downtown McMinnville by MODaby Design has what people crave: Easy traffic routes and a strong indoor-outdoor connection.
There is 1,458 square feet of living space plus an additional 550 square feet of decks accessed through operable glass walls. General contractor and expert in sustainable concrete, John Mead, built the house as well as the kitchen’s concrete island countertop and outdoor dining table, fire table and Argentinean wood fire grill.
ADU: The two story Electric Slide House in Sellwood is a collaboration between MODaby Design and Oregon Homeworks. The house has a vaulted living room, two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms on a living space of approximately 800 square meters and a covered entrance terrace for outdoor entertainment. This second single-family house, also called a secondary apartment, shares a plot of land with a larger house.
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