A Fresh Look at Our Net Zero Model Home

We've gone for a light touch in our newly decorated net zero model home in Ottawa's rural West End.

We were delighted to see so many folks out at our open house this past weekend, showing off the newly decorated space.

Beachy and Bright

We’ve gone for a light touch in our net zero model home, making the most of the abundant natural light thanks to the run of windows across the front of the home.

There are some fun and fresh details, like the statement wall at the living room end of the great room, where an adjacent wall houses a lot of information about the passive home’s various technologies.

We want visitors to the home to be able to focus on how the house feels and to easily spot some of the working elements that are key to its passive design: the slope of the roof (echoed in the internal ceiling slant), the abundant south-facing windows, the super quiet and energy efficient ceiling fans, and the unobtrusive “fresh air system”, seen in the wall mounted Mitsubishi units in the home.

As we’ve blogged about in other posts, the home has a wonderful fresh air feel and is innately quiet.

The statement wall in the main open plan living area features sky and clouds.

Smart living starts with a smart layout

This 1,600 square foot passive bungalow packs in a lot of living space in a very clever layout.

The front run of the home is dedicated to that open plan great room with a very efficient kitchen overlooking the dining and living areas. Two hallways lead out of the space into the more private spaces of the home, including four bedrooms, a laundry room, a small utility room, and two bathrooms.

The central shared bathroom is the workhouse in this plan. It can be accessed from either hallway and is split by a pocket door.

A powder room with sink and toilet is easily accessed by guests in the portion accessed near the home’s front entrance. A larger space with double vanity and tub/shower combo is more convenient to the three bedrooms that share this space.

The master bedroom boasts its own ensuite bathroom and abundant closet space.

Flexible, comfortable

The home has more than 200 square feet of additional storage space in cleverly designed niches primarily above the home’s closets.

Any of the three additional bedrooms could easily be used as a home office, studio, or exercise room, and it’s easy to change the room dimensions and configurations when choosing this plan.

Built using EkoBuilt’s passive house kit, the house has extremely low energy requirements and is made net zero by a small 6kW solar installation. A passive home is truly the fastest, cheapest way to net zero. Learn more.

For more on the Pine Valley bungalow plan and the companion coach house on the same property, check out our main Net Zero Model Home page and the newly updated virtual tour that we offer of the space.

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A picture of one of the home's four bedrooms.
The home’s bedrooms all have room enough for a queen sized bed and abundant extra storage in closets and roomy niches above them.

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