This project is on the site of a historic Finnish homestead much beloved by the surrounding neighbors. The goal of the design was to create an energy efficient, super insulated home that mimicked the look and feel of the historic structure. The exterior was finished with cedar shingles on the upper level, as the old house had, and the lower level was finished with timbers reclaimed from the old structure, all treated with Eco-stain to give a weathered appearance. The home captures mountain views to the east across a beautiful meadow, and to the south are big windows beneath an awning roof that allows solar gain in winter and sun protection in the summer.

On the technical side, We used double framed walls filled with a combination of cellulose and foam insulation in the stick framed roof to up the R value. The heating system is a hybrid with radiant tubing in the slab and warm-board on the main level with an ERV for air quality and energy recovery. The owner also opted for triple glazed windows and installed a wood burning fireplace for backup heat. This far, the radiant has barely run due to the tight insulated envelope and the available solar gain.


  • Architect: Heather Susemihl
  • Project Manager: Heather Susemihl
  • General Contractor: Chapman Construction

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121 Commerce Street, Ste A
McCall, ID 83638
Phone: 208.634.5707