Don Stuart Architect

Spring Creek

The client for this project was one of the partners in an established Whistler construction firm. The project was a home for himself and his family. He was interested in exploring energy efficient ways of building and the home achieved this in a number of ways, most notably in the structure itself.

The building shell is constructed using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), a relatively new technology at the time developed to allow for increased energy efficiency in homes. This involved prefabricating much of the home offsite. Their use proved an interesting experience, and a great deal about using this technology effectively was learned by all in the process.

The exterior is clad in a combination of cedar shingles and board and batten siding. Fir windows were used throughout. As with all mountain homes, snow management is an issue and all of the roofs are designed to shed snow away from areas where people congregate or walk beneath.

Other primary design elements include fir log work and timbers and basalt stonework.

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