Western Home Awards

Discover the winners of our awards for innovative home design in the West

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Pacific overlook

WHA 2006 Cannon Beach

The sod roof blends in with the hilltop surroundings.

Nathan Good

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  • WHA 2006 Cannon Beach

    Wind-fallen trees are used as structural supports.

Special Award: Earth-friendly materials

Tucked into a coastal hilltop site beneath a sod roof, this energy- and resource-efficient home integrates cutting-edge technology with timeless natural materials.

Why it won: The home uses green materials in imaginative ways: wind-fallen cedar and spruce as structural columns; sustainably grown wood for floors, framing, and cabinetry; and salvaged doors, hardware, and bathroom fixtures. Designed as a net-zero-energy home - which means it generates as much energy as it consumes - it incorporates photovoltaic panels from which extra energy returns to the utility power grid; it also has a geothermal heat pump (capitalizing on the near-constant temperature of the earth's crust) and a heat recovery exchange system that recirculates warmed or cooled air.

Design: Nathan Good Architect, Salem, OR (503/370-4448)

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