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The Perfect Shade Of Green

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Owens Architects specializes in design of retreat / down size homes that become and investment with returns of more quality time with the family. This memory creating time with family has a long term return in that green strategies are employed that make a contribution to good earth stewardship.

These one of kind homes are based on a Human Needs design philosophy to provide a healthy home sure to become a legacy to be cherished by family members for generations.  It is a return to the elements of living with our unique design process customized to each family and home site.

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The mystic of the log home provokes a desire to have a home that harkens back to the days of fine craftsmanship. A connection to the heritage of a pioneering sprit of our fore fathers that crafted a home out of the raw materials of the frontier which is inherently sustainable and in today’s terms a green choice. The needs of a modern home and these qualities that create the romantic appeal of a log home are combined in this green log home. Green is a   holistic design approach to create an inspired healthy living environment for the family to enjoy those special times together that become warm memories. This home offers all the modern qualities required for today’s family living while striving to make a legacy contribution to good earth stewardship

This design and prototype has been the result of a collaborative effort with the owner builder Clearance and Janice Jenkins. They have brought an invaluable combination of open minded consideration to the green strategies and a vision for the total quality of the completed home environment. Their attention to detail and exploration during the design and construction process has resulted in an example of how the modern log home can provide the adored heirloom quality of a log home while making a legacy contribution to a better the world for their children and grand children

 The one of kind hand handcrafted elements are interwoven into the green strategies to create an exterior envelope that provides opportunities for “Human Needs” driven spaces.

A holistic approach to design that is based in Human Needs principles dedicated to low impact on the site and reduction of the carbon foot print of construction as well as the life of the home. The homes enclosing envelope, interior finish, and design provide an opportunity to create a home that reduces the impact on the earth while providing a collection of spaces that provide a healthy environment for your family experience low impact inspired life.


There are technologies and strategies that can be implemented that are not a premium for initial construction cost and  provide long or short  term life cycle cost advantages while providing a long term investment potential soon to be cherished by the family.

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