Taproot Receives Spotlight Award

Taproot was honored this spring by the Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) for our role in the making of Confluence Park.  “The Spotlight Awards highlight excellence and achievements in the field of parks and recreation by honoring the amazing efforts of public agencies….

Green Building Slam

This year’s Ecobuilding Guild 10×10 was Slam-tastic. Ten presenters each had ten minutes (and ten slides) to share the highlights of the latest and greatest in green design.  We were selected as the honorary alternate  this year – in the event that a last…

Coupeville home receives top honors

The Taylor Residence (301 Front Street) received a number of accolades at this year’s SICBA home tour awards.  Totaling eight in all, they include (among others):  Best Floor Plan, Curb Appeal, Interior Design and …”Best of Show.”  Hats off to our fellow team members:…

Unity recognizes Frank Mestemacher

Building a home for Whidbey’s Unity congregation has been a long and gratifying journey.  To put it in perspective, we began working on the design with them in the last millenium … and at that point, they had already been working toward the goal…

Featured on Green Home Tour

Our clients have graciously opened their “Mutiny Bay Modern” home for this year’s green home tour. The tour, hosted by the Whidbey Watershed Stewards promotes awareness of green living and ecological design. If you are able to attend on March 31st, you’re in for…

Taproot Goes Solar

This fall we transformed our south roof into a solar dynamo. Our new photovoltaic array provides up to 2.3 Kilowatts of electricity or about 40-50% of our home’s annual energy use. It features some remarkable breakthroughs in technology – including live tracking and statistics…

Mr. South Whidbey

Next week brings with it the fifth annual Mr. South Whidbey Pageant and I am pleased to announce that I am one of the finalists (Yahoo!) Uh..er…OK… But, what’s a Mr. South Whidbey pageant? Glad you asked! It’s a one-night-only event where a bunch…

Taproot Featured in Fine Homebuilding’s “Kitchen & Bath” issue

Gracing the back cover, “…Soak in the Serenity” features our Japanese style bath house and cloister garden poised on the edge of a waterfall overlooking the pond.  A link to the on-line article can be found here.

Green Roofs Thrive

The Seattle Times pays a visit to Clinton Beach  and picnics under the cover of sedums overhead.  A link to the full article by local Whidbey Island freelance writer Valerie Easton can be found here.

Getting Smart

When the Smart Car came to North America we were thrilled.  Our first chance to drive one was at a promotional field test in downtown Vancouver (BC).  We took it through it’s paces on a track that simulated extreme weather conditions. It handled beautifully. …

Taproot Honored by the AIA

Taproot received two awards from the Northwestern Washington chapter of the AIA  for the design of Clinton Beach:  The Glen Hunt Award (for the best integration of architecture and landscaped design) and the prestigious Honor Award.