John Webb introduces the New Home he and his team are building on Hatfield Street in Coburg. John has been designing and building Energy Efficient Homes in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. So, why would he choose such an oddball lot? John explains why, as a New Home Builder he loves the challenge of odd shaped lots and the opportunities they provide. In this post John covers challenges municipalities present, his plans for landscaping and Interior Design. From the ground up this is one of the more beautiful, energy efficient, and comfortable homes in Lane County.
“Welcome to the new project here in Coburg, here on Hatfield Street. We’ve designed and built a home that is kind of lending more towards a French Country look on the outside. It has lots of rock work. And, the inside is a little bit more contemporary. It’s kind of an old world feel with solid wood panel doors and woodworking in the house.
But, it was an oddball lot that we got here, so there were things that weren’t good about it. It was the last lot in the subdivision, so it was the least desirable. I found it to be more desirable just because I like a challenge. It’s a large lot – it’s almost 11,000 square feet. And in this day and age it’s, you know, an asset as far as I’m concerned. It does have a power pole on it, and a road behind it. But, we’ve designed the house so that when you’re in it you don’t hear anything. It’s pretty soundproofed so you don’t even hear any noise transference from upstairs to downstairs.
And, I’ve created the front yard to be the backyard. So, they kind of go together, applying as much planning as possible to create as much usable space in the footprint that we get that is not in an easement. So, at this point everything’s been framed up, the foundations is in, all the rock work has been done. The footprint is all ready to go. The house is framed and it’s now getting insulated. So we have already got all the plumbing, electrical, and heating & cooling in it.”
John Webb explains the importance of thoughtful landscape design with New Home Construction. With the odd shape of this lot John put the back yard in the front. To achieve this and provide privacy the entire lot has been elevated an extra 6 feet above street level. Take a stroll with us to see how John’s plans evolved throughout this new home build project.
“And we are now getting ready to pour patios and driveways, and to get the landscaping. We’re getting prepared to put the landscaping in in about a month. But there is a lot of infrastructure still. There are several zones of irrigation that still needs to go in. A little bit more planning on just the right plants and trees to enhance the beauty of this place.
I always look at the landscaping ia like the icing on the cake. The house is solid and built really well, but the landscaping really dresses it up, enhances the style, I always like to have things blooming all year long. Let a lone with perennials, that are around and green all year long. It’s nice to have things that come back over and over and get larger. As I created the front yard, which I call the front yard/backyard living space, they kind of roll into each other. But it’s more like the Secret Garden up there. So, it’s a whole outdoor entertaining area that is very useful at this point.”
John Webb talks a bit about the city of Coburg and their design standards. From more classic design elements to rather sophisticated, self-contained septic/sewer treatment systems being standard, this new home build needed to be top notch. Of course, John has always been about efficient home designs, so these features fit right in with how John prefers to design and build. These added costs make for a healthier community, which John and the homeowner appreciate.
“All the architecture is more historic looking and they like that whole feel in the city. Also, they are a little forward thinking. We treat everything on site. All the septic and all the sewer gets treated on site before it goes into the city sewer lines, so they don’t have to have to have any plants to do all the processing and stuff. It’s all done before it leaves our property and goes into the city sewer.
Which is really pretty cool. I think that that is going to be a way for people to get a lot more developing done. It’s more of a cost – it probably throws an extra 15 or $20,000 onto a project. But it the end the city doesn’t have to worry about all the problems of, you know, mistakes when they dump everything in the river when they it’s not treated all the way. Or, more mistakes like that. It just kind of refines it and naturally takes care of itself.
And then of course all our rainwater and stormwaters are all processed on site as well. So we have a big dry well that we had an engineer engineer for us. He calculated all the square footage on the roof and the concrete to run to the dry well, to stay on the property instead of running off into the storm sewer. Everything is really processed on site on this property.
Also, for a green carbon footprint we’ve got all wood – this house is completely wood. I don’t have man made siding on it or things that are going to have to have, what do I want to say, more maintenance to keep. When I’m building something like this I’m all about timelessness. Timelessness is as far back as I can remember, the things that are still in use, you know what they look like today. You know how they’ve weathered the years of use. So I tend to always fall back on that and wood is the most timeless siding I’ve ever run into.”
Written by Todd Zimmerman
Producer of the John Webbccast