Building with Salvage

Our “Salish Handcrafted” home is featured in the November issue of Fine Homebuilding.  You can find it in their new “Houses By Design” section or on their website.  In order to reduce the building’s footprint, we utilized a number of local and salvaged resources…

Taproot Receives National Award

Fine Homebuilding magazine awarded our “Whidbey Island Farmhouse”  with the BEST REMODEL in this year’s annual HOUSES issue.  The printed publication is just coming out now so look for it on newsstands or in your mailbox…  This unique home blends cutting edge technologies with…

Whidbey Island Architects

Matthew is one of the featured architects in Whidbey Life Magazine’s spring/summer issue.  The story – “A Place to Call Home…” reflects on the people and qualities that make Whidbey Island architecture unique.  This magazine features a wealth of local talent.; if you enjoy…

Infinity Tower installation

The latest installation at Earth Sanctuary is the 25 ft tall Infinity Tower.  Formed from seven stacked octahedra (one of the Platonic Solids), the tower undulates skyward drawing your eye upward across planes of light and shadow. Chuck conceived of the idea – utilizing…

Taproot Studio – Enhanced

This past year we transformed our work space.  The next time you come by, we’ll be happy to give you a tour.  In addition to adding some much-needed space, we continued our theme of applying new (and old) materials.  This time around,  we incorporated:…

Energy Smart Homes

Our cover story from this summer’s Fine Homebuilding was so well received, that our friends at Taunton Press decided to include it in their “Best of Fine Homebuilding – Energy Smart Homes” issue.  It just hit the newsstand  last week and is available until…

Community Center – Ribbon Cutting

We’ve had the unique privilege of participating in all three phases of the restoration of the Si View Community Center.  This beautiful structure lies in the heart of North Bend, Washington – just east of Seattle in the Cascade mountains.  This week’s ribbon cutting…

Net-Zero Home Featured in Fine Homebuilding

How sweet it is … to be featured on the cover of a national magazine. Fine Homebuilding is currently featuring a six-page spread on our net zero home in Coupeville, WA.  The article illustrates a number of design principles that we bring into our…

Everett Historic Preservation Award

Our renovation of the downtown Hoyt Avenue property was just recognized by the Everett Historical Commission.  The project received a William F. Brown Award for historic preservation this week. It’s a remarkable turn-around.  A few years ago, the buildings were condemned and on the…

Interviewed by ‘Home Style Green’

We’ve always wanted to go ‘down under,’  and this week we got the chance – at least virtually.  Matthew was the guest on New Zealand’s Home Style Green podcast with Matthew Cutler-Welsh.  The interview focuses on heart-centered philosophy and how it enhances the field…

Green Building Slam 2014

Matthew was one of the presenters at this year’s Green Building Slam.  The event, hosted by the University of Washington and sponsored by the Eco-Building Guild is one of our annual favorites.  This year’s event didn’t disappoint.  Ten speakers from around the region shared…

20th Annual HOPES Conference

We made the journey back to the U of O this month to present at the 20th annual HOPES (Eco-Design-Arts) conference.  The event was also a reunion for those who helped start the conference and the organization that sustains it.  Pictured here is Matthew…