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Green Home Tour 2011


Join us for this FREE Self Guided Tour – 10:00 to 4:00 Saturday, October 1st.

A new understanding of the importance of sustainable construction practices has infused the industry with innovations in health, comfort, efficiency, materials, energy systems, and integrated building systems. Come check out some of these advances and see how they have been used in our community in conjunction with other time proven design elements to produce extraordinary human habitat.

  1. Selle Valley – Timber Frame – 2222 Hidden Valley Road
    Ross & Vicki Longhini – owner
    Collin Beggs, Timber Frame Homes – Design-Builder
    Organic Medieval Revival Timber Frame home including, crooked wood, ICF foundation,
    SIP Walls, and bespoke Craftsmanship Through Out.
    For more info see:
    From Sandpoint…Take Hwy 95 North. Turn East (left) onto Hidden Valley Road. There is a church on the corner with a sign. Travel 2.15 miles on the dirt road and you will dead end at the home. You will initially travel straight on Hidden Valley Road and then turn into a “development” of 20 acre parcels Winding down and up through the valley. Follow the road, do not take any turns.
  2. Selle Valley – Straw Bale Infill – 549 Shingle Mill Road
    Mary Ann & Larry Jeffres – owner
    Strawbale Infill & wood frame home. Features stained concrete radiant floor heating,
    earth plaster interior walls, recycled glass tile, pre-treatment septic system and natural
    US 200 E from Sandpoint approx 4.7 miles after town of Kootenai, turn left on Shingle Mill Rd.  House is on right after .5 miles, driveway before metal warehouse building
  3. Elmira – ICF & Passive Solar – 84 Sacajawea Trail
    Cindy Peer – owner
    Bruce Millard – architect
    Very green rural setting home with solar orientation and cooling massing. Earth-loop
    geothermal radiant floor heating system and high thermal mass recycled ICF building
    systems, clay plaster interior finish, & stained concrete floor / counter tops & more.
    For more info see:
    North on 95 from Sandpoint 15 miles. Turn right east on Elmira Road, just before Elmira Store.  Cross railroad tracks, follow gravel road  and cross 2nd set of tracks, Road goes to the right and go up short hill . Turn Right at Jenkins Road -  first road at top of hill Go about .4 mile and on right you will turn right at Sacajawea Trail.  Turn left, to second drive and continue of driveway to house:
    Phone 208 255-7138 if lost
  4. Camp Bay, Sagle – Green Roof – 367 Raven View Dr
    Gary & Kathy Berg owner
    Bruce Millard – architect
    Compact, passive solar, low energy, high thermal mass home on steep narrow site
    overlooking Lake Pend Orielle. Recycled ICF walls & SIP roof systems, durable-healthynatural-
    finishes. Geo-Thermal heat pump radiant heating system. Natural lighting and
    warm winter sun fills the house, while passive cooling design makes for comfortable
    summer days. Structure includes a Green Roof and is wired for future solar collectors.
    For more info see –
    US 95 S, 6 miles, left on Sagle Rd approx 9.5 miles, right on Camp Bay Rd 1.9 miles, left on Elliot Bay Rd 1.5 miles, Right Raven View Dr, .4 miles, home on left.  Call 208 265 8152 if lost.
  5. Sandpoint – Voodoo Solar Store – 502 Cedar
    Don Clark – owner
    Retail business. Solar electric products and residential solar electric design services.
    Owners will answer questions about equipment, design, and off-grid lifestyle.
    Functioning solar electric system will be on display.
    For more info see:
    Store on northern end of Cedar St Station Building at 5th and Cedar in downtown Sandpoint.  Turn west on Alder St and park in parking lot, on on Alder St
  6. Sandpoint – ICF Low Energy Home – 448 S. Marion
    Steve & Linda Navarre owner
    Rob Herrera & Gennifer Land – architect
    Compact 2 story in town low energy home on corner lot in South Sandpoint. Recycled
    glass concrete countertops, recycled oak floor and concrete paver patio, light colored
    metal roof for heat reflection. Spray Foam attic insulation and Tankless gas HWH.
    Boyer south to Erie, right on Erie, 3 blocks to Marion. House is on NW Corner of Marion & Erie.

3 thoughts on “Green Home Tour 2011

  1. Tom Russell

    Thanks again for organizing this event. As a professional in the green building community I think it is important to showcase projects like these. My only comment on the event is that there should be some type of shuttle or means of facilitating carpooling, since the projects are so far apart. A lot of effort has been put into creating these homes that focus on reducing energy use, then people burn a tank of gas driving around to view them. If you count all the individual cars taking this tour, that adds up to a significant impact.

    Perhaps in the future some efoort could go towards encouraging alternate means of transportation? I realize this should be a matter of personal responsibility, but my observation is that even the most well intentioned “green” citizens are so conditioned to traveling in their 4000# steel boxs that they can’t be bothered to suffer the inconvienience of finding another way to get places. I think we would all be better off if more effort was put into discouaging use of cars whenever possible. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but we could all be better at advocating alternative and human powered transportation.

    Thanks for listening,
    Tom Russell

  2. richard

    Hi Tom,
    Your right! Great suggestions and a reminder to look at all the aspects. Otherwise it even can happen to cause more problems than what the solution is addressing in the first place.

    I also want to thank the building and community design working group for putting this event together. One feedback that came indicates that there was lots of interest.

  3. Karen Lanphear

    What a great idea – this would also help others get involved by letting folks work cooperatively. I was @ house #2 and we had 95 visitors yesterday- x generational interest. Kudos to Building and Design. k