232 West ClearPine Drive, Sisters, OR- New Construction
Developer: Peter Hall, 3 Sisters Parners LLC; Designer: Katherine Austin; Builders: Tye Warren, Apple Construction; 1,004 sq. ft, 2 Beds, 2 Baths; Earth Advantage certification (pending): Gold
60 years ago, the doors were shuttered on a 50-year old lumber mill on this site. After a fire, brownfield site designation, a long abandonment, and eventual remediation, it is now home to the ClearPine community. This welcoming cottage is part of a cluster of cottages, all designed to use less square footage of indoor living space, and take advantage of a beautiful common area, complete with a community garden. These cottages are within easy walking distance to all necessary services in downtown Sisters and will soon be home to a 1 acre community park.
This cottage is the smallest in the development with cottages ranging in size from 1004 sq. ft. to 1214. All of the cottage designs were a conscious decision to create right-sized homes to meet a need for greater affordability and use less land and building materials. The small spaces are as flexible as possible for multiple uses and are oriented for functionality and privacy. The master has it’s own full-bath on one end and the second bedroom is a flex space on the other with a barn door opening to the Great Room to allow flexibility of use now and over time.
Each home will be Earth Advantage certified which means that they will be 20% more efficient than code. Energy Star appliances are used and heat pumps provide efficient heating and cooling. Since hot water can account for up to 20% of a home’s energy use, water runs are central and short, decreasing hot water waste. Water Sense faucets and toilets are used, furthering decreasing energy and water demands. Low VOC interior paints and sealants and hard surfaced floors in high trafficked areas help to improve the indoor air quality of the home and a heat recovery ventilator provides fresh air.
Make sure to ask about: Their tree preservation plan and habitat restoration partnership with Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and how the development team worked with City of Sisters to re-write their cottage code.