Cheryl Heinrichs Architecture

  • Southwest elevation with large south facing windows, protective awnings, large Trex decks, and criss crossed roofs
  • Living room with fireplace and sustainable, built-in window seat and cabinets
  • Dining room with view windows and sustainably-harvested doug fir, cathedral ceiling
  • Kitchen with energy efficient appliances and sustainable, knotty alder cabinets
  • The owners of this passive solar home had a dream. They wanted to live in an energy saving, contemporary home that was physically connected to the outdoor activities they love: hiking, fishing, and gardening.

    “We initially planned to hire a Portland architect, but after talking with a local solar energy contractor and meeting with Cheryl, the choice to work with Cheryl was an easy one. Her interests in active & passive solar and using natural & reclaimed building materials aligned with ours. We wanted to be involved in the design of our home and Cheryl definitely encourages client interaction. The design process was a complete joy; it proceeded without delays. She helped us choose a contractor and continued to work with him during construction. Cheryl and our contractor gave us a wonderful home and a very pleasant experience.”

    Excellent Southern exposure made a passive solar home the natural choice for this lot. But the stunning mountain and river views were to the West, presenting a challenge. We solved this dilemma by twisting the house 15 degrees west of South, jogging the house on the southwest side, and placing large windows, sliding doors & clerestories on the home’s southwest corners. As a result, rooms are filled with fresh air and natural light throughout the day, solar heat in the wintertime, and striking views all year long.

    By combining features such as a “criss cross” roof, cable rails and arched openings we reflected the owners’ appreciation for both contemporary architecture and Southwest design. To create a healthy home, we specified natural finishes, such as American Clay Plaster, Yola paint, and cork flooring. Stucco, cable rail, Trex decking and stone patios keep maintenance to a minimum for this travel-loving couple.

    Roofs were expertly-angled to house Photo-voltaic and solar hot water panels while directing rainwater into a gravity-fed irrigation system for the natural landscape. Durisol blocks, a “Cadillac” HVAC system and numerous other sustainable features work together, exceeding the Oregon State Department of Energy’s requirements for a passive solar home. “Criss Cross” combines smart contemporary architectural design with sound energy saving principles to approach the requirements of a Zero Energy home.

    Read The Bulletin article featuring this “CrissCross” home.

  • Sustainability Features

    Energy Efficiency:
    Passive solar design: solar room layout; right sized & right placed high SHGC windows, awnings and mass
    Durisol block walls
    Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) roof
    High performance, fiberglass windows
    Minimal air infiltration
    Partially buried (reducing heating and cooling loads)
    1.8 KW photovoltaic system
    Solar thermal system
    Instantaneous hot water heater
    Solar thermal assisted Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) used for heating and fresh air exchange
    Heating system is located inside the insulated envelope
    Natural cooling (using high mass walls and operable windows)
    Excellent natural ventilation
    Excellent naturally lighting
    Solar tubes
    No skylights
    Energy Star rated appliances
    Energy efficient lighting
    Reduced phantom loads

    Durisol: non-toxic, no VOCs, breathable, hygroscopic and resistant to mold
    Minimal use of carpeting
    Formaldehyde-free insulation
    Fireplace is vented to the outside
    Garage is separate from the main house
    All sealers, oils and finishing products are water-soluble and non-toxic
    Zero-VOC paints and primers
    Cabinet boxes & closet shelves made from Columbia Forest Product’s “Eco-Colors” (FSC wood with low VOC)
    Whole house vacuum system

    Careful preservation of the fragile desert eco-scape
    Only one tree was removed
    Local rock used for all site walls
    Xeriscape, native, desert landscaping

    Durisol: made from 100% natural materials (80% recycled)
    Recycled content beams, metal roofing and Trex decking
    Sustainably-harvested white oak flooring
    Marmoleum flooring (with non-toxic finish)
    Cork flooring (with non-toxic finish)
    Wool carpeting
    Sustainably-harvested doug fir ceiling paneling
    Natural clay plastered walls
    Many sub-materials used as finish products, eliminating a second finish product
    Many long lasting, zero maintenance products

    Water efficient appliances
    Low-flow plumbing fixtures
    Circulating hot water system
    Water from roof waters landscaping

    Energy Analysis:
    Exceeds the Oregon State Department of Energy’s requirements for a Passive Solar Home

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