Larch Point became a new home set upon an existing concrete foundation due to unforeseen issues encountered during demolition of the existing structure. This led to a home that was more in keeping with the owner’s and architect’s vision. It is a true timber frame structure throughout the main level, however, with modifications to reduce thermal bridging. All of the posts and beams that would otherwise be affected by temperature and moisture differences due to interior and exterior exposure are broken with a rigid insulation sandwich or are constructed of timber clad LVL to reduce movement. The cladding is kiln dried vertical and face grain fir installed to emulate a natural timber.
The home has a 90 tube solar collector on the roof, which provides domestic hot water, supplements the radiant in floor and forced air heating systems and heats the double garage/studio by storing the excess heat generation in summer under ground for winter use.