HOW DO YOU MEASURE THE QUALITY OF A HOUSE?
A house is a shelter first and foremost. It protects you from the elements - keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It should be designed for your lifestyle and made of materials you enjoy. How can you know how a new house will feel to live in?
Houses have long been considered safe investments. But how can you know that the home you buy today, will be one that people want tomorrow? How much will your home cost you over its lifetime, and how much could it save you?
We breathe, drink, and eat from our homes, but some of the most common manufactured materials that modern homes are constructed with contain potentially harmful chemicals. How can you ensure you are being protected from these potentially harmful materials and products?
Natural gas prices in oregon have been increasing at an average annual rate of more than 5% for the past 40 years. You won't get a rate that high from your savings account or social security fund.
An investment in efficiency is an investment in energy. With a more efficient new home, you will start seeing immediate savings, cash-in-hand every month that you can spend, set-aside, or invest. But the real benefit comes with time, as energy prices continue to increase, your monthly savings will increase along with them.
Permanence homes are over five times more efficient than a new house built to code. That means you'll spend $20 for every $100 you would've spent on monthly energy bills. You pay for insulation once, but you keep paying for hot air.
We calculate exactly how much heat will be lost through each element of the house based on its exact position and orientation. Walls, roof, floors, windows, and doors are all specified so that the house heats itself from the sun, and cools itself with its windows. The magic is in the design. Why pay more for an efficient furnace, when you can eliminate it altogether?
That's how we design these homes. The floor temperature stays the same as the air, which stays the same as the windows, which stays whatever temperature you set your thermostat to be. No cold rooms, no hot rooms, just comfortable rooms.
Only the freshest. Our ventilation system is designed to change the air in the entire house with clean, filtered outdoor air once every three hours.
WHAT'S INSIDE A PERMANENCE HOME?
Our windows are custom-crafted with three panes of argon-filled glass to reach an r-value of over 11, bringing in more heat than they let out. In a Permanence home, the window is no longer the cold spot, but the focal point.
The electric heating elements we use, providing backup heat on only the coldest of days, have heating elements smaller than your average hair-dryer. So where does the majority of heat come from? The sun, the television, and your laso apso.
For the efficiency and durability of the walls, we carefully tape a dedicated plywood air-barrier around the entire house.
Dense-packed to pressures of 3.5 lbs. per square foot in all the walls, which are up to 14 inches thick. Think Thermos.
The heart of our homes. an HRV ventilates without losing heat, bringing in a constant stream of fresh, filtered air. Exhausts pull used air from the kitchen and bathrooms, while supply ducts serve the bedrooms and living room.
THE STARLIGHT PROJECT
Starlight Summit consists of single-family homes built on-request, to a customers specifications. It's custom, but without all the traditional headache.
How does it work?
Simple. We start with a suggestion:
It's a single level, accesible, age-in-place two-bedroom: hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, roll-in shower, and a walk-in closet. It has been designed specifically for the hill on which it sits, and for the view onto which it looks out.
From the suggestion comes dicussion. What are your needs? What is your lifestyle? How many bedrooms? We design around you, it's a collaborative process, one that can be as simple or as customizable as you wish.