Mindful DESIGNS

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Mindful Designs has been working in collaboration with a European Architect on the design of a state of the art Mountain Modern home. Aesthetically, there is the striking elegance often associated with fine contemporary European Architecture that allows the structure to blend harmoniously in its setting, with confident yet comfortable clean lines.  Being in Northwest Montana, however,  the building’s exterior facade will celebrate our local resources and vernacular — locally milled larch siding combined with locally quarried stone are to be utilized with a modern approach.  Performance-wise, this home will be pushing the envelope, aimed at achieving both efficiency and durability — truly a home of Legacy caliber.

The home will feature: CLT ( cross laminated timber) panel construction coupled with a wood fiber thermal envelope system that will enable an incredibly high-performing vapor-permeable wall assembly, triple-pane glazing;  ground source radiant heat; alternative energy ready systems; and much more.  

A primary goal of the client is to create a home that is an example of how home construction can be done better — creating an opportunity for Mindful Designs to make a hugely progressive step toward Building a Better Future.  This is an opportunity to capitalize on our on-going study of building science and attempt to achieve the ultimate 21st century build package.  While hauling building materials across the ocean is not an ideal scenario in the pursuit of sustainability,  we believe that the United States’ Northwest region offers a prime environment to develop a local market for both locally sourced CLT panels and  wood fiber insulation board—  state of the art build systems that utilize smaller-dimension trees.  This home and the philosophy driving its development (thanks to the vision and dedication of the client behind it all) will allow us to demonstrate the use of these promising materials.   Coupled with forward-thinking overall design and systems use, this project will help bring Mindful Designs and the Flathead Valley one step closer to developing a local industry based on these very progressive and sustainably-minded build systems.  

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