boleyn residence

This custom home was designed for a solar energy consultant and his wife. The couple desired a modest sized modern/contemporary home that fit well to their side sloping corner lot.

Sustainability, eco-friendliness, conservation and energy independence are a primary focus of the home's design. Included with the solar features and passive cooling strategies, the home hosts many "green" features and is certified by the most rigorous and respected building standards in the nation. See the list below.

During the first 6 months of occupancy, the homeowners have been collecting energy performance data. Based on current data, it is estimated that the total utility bill (including natural gas for the fireplace and water heater) will be $263.00 per year! They continue to collect data and tune the house's systems to enhance the energy efficiency.

The neighborhood regulation for a minimum 4:12 roof pitch, views to the eastern mountains, and solar exposure were starting considerations for the design. The house is conceived as three connected shed roof masses. The garage mass is sited for a parallel relationship to the access street. The remaining two masses are swung 10 degrees to the south to optimize views beyond east yard trees to the mountain range. The taller main mass with south facing clearstory windows allow sunlight to penetrate the core of the home and are key to stack affect passive cooling strategies. The adjacent mass contains the dining room, kitchen, and office on the main level with a long south facing roof plane for solar panel application. The exterior finish materials of board n' batten, lap siding, stone, and recycled composite roof shingles were chosen to satisfy regulations and relate to the neo-traditional/craftsman neighbors.

Transitioning from the front porch, the entry is a dramatic volume with immediate attention paid to the expanse of windows, open riser staircase, and loft railing. Attention is then drawn down the corridor and focused on the stone fireplace that anchors the living room volume. Tucked under the view loft (offering even more interesting views of the house and surrounding neighborhood landscape) is the kitchen. A departure from the larger volume entry and living room, the kitchen and dining are cozier spaces with flat ceilings.

The higher use rooms are located in plan to take advantage of the sun and views. Lower use rooms such as bathrooms, storage, and utility rooms are located on the north side of the home. Stain glass panels by a local artist located high on the wall dividing the master bedroom and living space let sunlight further penetrate into the bedroom. The lower level can be closed off from the rest of the house when not in use and contains two additional bedrooms, a flexible recreation room and able storage.

notable sustainable features

  • U.S.G.B.C. LEED for Homes Platinum certified
  • Oregon High Performance Home certified
  • NW Energy Star certified
  • Energy Trust of Oregon Energy Performance Score of 31
  • solar water heating
  • 4 kw Photovoltaic solar array
  • PVT solar thermal system.
  • First production system in Oregon (
  • high performance Serious windows-first in Oregon (
  • 1500 gallon rain water collection tank
  • passive solar and natural day lighting
  • passive cooling and natural ventilation
  • staggered stud-advanced wall framing
  • locally harvested and milled framing lumber
  • reclaimed wood stair treads, entry bench, mantle, and window sills
  • 100% wool carpet
  • durable stained concrete lower finished floor
  • bamboo main finish floor
  • foundation concrete w/ 30% fly ash
  • 100% recycled crushed concrete instead of gravel
  • rain screen siding application
  • high performance insulation w/ 35% recycled content
  • 100% recyclable metal roof shingles made w/ 50% recycled content
  • Locally made gypsum board w/ 52% pre-consumer recycled content
  • Energy Star appliances and fixtures
  • water efficient low-flow faucets and dual flush toilets
  • pre-plumbed for future grey water collection system
  • high efficiency conditioning system with heat recovery ventilator
  • tankless instant hot water heater
  • 100% recycled Metro paint
  • water efficient/ native landscaping
  • job site recycling


  • design:
    Matthew O. Daby (designed while @ Alan Mascord Design Associates)
  • construction:
    Cellar Ridge Custom Homes