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Welcome to Our New Website
News 09.29.17

Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to Our New Website! Here we are, the end of September, 2017, and...welcome to our new website! We’r...
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New Pacific Northwest Certified Passive House
09.12.17

New Pacific Northwest Certified Passive House

New Pacific Northwest Certified Passive House Delphi Passive House
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Passive House News - August 2017
Custom Passive Homes 08.28.17

Passive House News - August 2017

What’s Up - Passive House News - August 2017 Hello!  It’s time for another update of Passive House News from your...
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Featured in professional builder - Prairie Passive
Remodel 08.23.17

Featured in professional builder - Prairie Passive

Our Prairie Passive home, which was designed for aging in place, is now featured on Professional Builder including an interview with Tessa Smith! R...
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Cool Home - Hot Days
Custom Passive Homes 08.14.17

Cool Home - Hot Days

“My house is a refuge on a hot day—eight to twelve degrees cooler on a ninety degree day, twenty degrees cooler if it hits one h...
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2017 Tour of Homes
News 07.24.17

2017 Tour of Homes

Olympia Master Builders’ 2017 Tour of Homes The Tour of Homes is one of our favorite annual celebrations of re...
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3 Reasons Business Allure Matters
Commercial 07.10.17

3 Reasons Business Allure Matters

3 Reasons Allure Matters For Your Business 1. Social Media Today, word of mouth is amplified.   An Instag...
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Passive House Certified Builder
News, Custom Passive Homes 06.26.17

Passive House Certified Builder

Passive House Builder Certification! Two members of our Design team are now Passive House Certified Builders by the
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June 2017, Artisans Group News
News, Commercial, Custom Passive Homes 06.05.17

June 2017, Artisans Group News

NEWS TO USE We get so caught up in our excitement that we forget to share sometimes.  Design, Architecture, Buildin...
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3 Benefits of Artisans Group Design+Build
Remodel, Custom Homes, Custom Traditional , Commercial, Design, Residential 05.29.17

3 Benefits of Artisans Group Design+Build

Embarking on a Major Project So you’ve decided to jump into a major home project. Whether it’s a remodel of your existin...
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2017 Remodeling Excellence Awards
News, Events, Remodel 05.20.17

2017 Remodeling Excellence Awards

2017 Remodeling Excellence Awards The Olympia Master Builders’ 20...
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Universal Design - Fact or Fiction?
News 05.16.17

Universal Design - Fact or Fiction?

NASA Universal Design - Myth or Reality? The practice of Universal Design is very real.  Prominen...
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New Passive House
Custom Passive Homes, News 05.05.17

New Passive House

Extra! Extra! New Passive House In The City! A beautiful new Artisans Group Passive House custom home is underway in the Pacific Northwes...
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April, 2017
News 04.28.17

April, 2017

An End of April, 2017 As we fully round the corner of spring in the lush Pacific NW, it is busy here at Artisans Group.  We’re havin...
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Hot Summer, Passive House Cool
Custom Passive Homes 04.21.17

Hot Summer, Passive House Cool

"What a beautiful hot summer day!" and                       “It feels wonderful...
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South Sound Green Tour Success
News, Passive House 04.20.17

South Sound Green Tour Success

Despite driving rains and aggressive squalls on Saturday, the turn out for the tour was outstanding, and even better on Sunday with the beautiful s...
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Modern Home Interiors: The Perfect Neutral
Home Building 04.15.17

Modern Home Interiors: The Perfect Neutral

Unconstrained by design era elements, the modern home's neutral clean lines leave you free to individualize your home to your heart’s desi...
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Yesterday's Wisdom - Today's Ecological Architecture
Custom Passive Homes 04.08.17

Yesterday's Wisdom - Today's Ecological Architecture

Contemporar...
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Building Your Passive House Dream Home
Home Building, Custom Passive Homes 03.31.17

Building Your Passive House Dream Home

Designing & Building Your Passive House Dream Home At the Artisans Group, working with you to design and build your beautiful cust...
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Multigenerational Custom Home
Custom Homes, Home Building 03.24.17

Multigenerational Custom Home

Is a multigenerational home right for you? It may be.  Family can be a great source of strength and vitality.  Family can be ou...
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Almost...
Custom Passive Homes, Home Building 03.17.17

Almost...

It's Getting Close After guiding another custom Passive House from rough idea to reality, it’s incredibly excit...
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2017 Passive House NW Conference
News 03.10.17

2017 Passive House NW Conference

What:  2017 Passive H...
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Artisans Group - Industry Recognized Excellence
News 03.03.17

Artisans Group - Industry Recognized Excellence

Industry Recognized Excellence - Working for You Professional Builder magazine, an industry leading publication “dedicate...
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Your Home, Improved
Remodel, Design, Addition 02.25.17

Your Home, Improved

Modern Update or Tasteful Addition Whether it’s the architecture, neighborhood, or family history; your home is part of you, and you want...
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A Custom Home, from Design to Build
Design, Passive House, Pocket Home, Residential 02.17.17

A Custom Home, from Design to Build

Design+Build = Your New Home Exactly As You Want It. Just as a kitchen that suits one person does not suit another, neither do entire hom...
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222 Market - Fantastic Beginnings
Commercial, Community 02.11.17

222 Market - Fantastic Beginnings

Dubbed the “cutest artisanal market you ever did see” by Seattle Refined, Olympia’s highl...
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Straight from the Heart, 2017 - Great Cause, Great Time
Community 02.03.17

Straight from the Heart, 2017 - Great Cause, Great Time

Last year's Straight from the Heart gala
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YAKISUGI – TRADITIONAL JAPANESE CHARRED WOOD
Building Materials 01.28.17

YAKISUGI – TRADITIONAL JAPANESE CHARRED WOOD

Arigatou gozaimasu, Terunobu Fujimori. &...
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Delphi passive house - Seattle sun sun sun!
Design, Home Building, Passive House 01.20.17

Delphi passive house - Seattle sun sun sun!

Pacific Northwesterners know it, people in lab coats know it, and all those people who moved to California 40 years ago knew it; the kiss...
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Madrona Haus, another beautiful custom Passive House on the Puget Sound coming to life!
Home Building, Passive House 01.06.17

Madrona Haus, another beautiful custom Passive House on the Puget Sound coming to life!

Madrona Haus, another beautiful, custom Passive House on the Puget Sound coming to life! We always like to share updates on our most intere...
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222 Market a commercial renovation
Design, News, Commercial 12.16.16

222 Market a commercial renovation

Notes from the Field- 222 Market, a commercial renovation. During my time as a carpenter with the Artisans Group, I've mostly worked on Passive Hou...
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Multi-Gen House: Seattle Metro Multi Generation Home
Design, Home Building 12.02.16

Multi-Gen House: Seattle Metro Multi Generation Home

Multi Gen:  Designed and built as an enduring family legacy, this incredible home is divided between four soundproofed living units complete w...
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You are invited to the 222 Market Grand Opening!
Design, News 11.11.16

You are invited to the 222 Market Grand Opening!

You are invited to the 222 Market Grand Opening! Mark your calendars, invite your friends, we are thrilled to announ...
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Featured in PROFESSIONAL BUILDER - Prairie Passive Designed For Aging In Place
Design, News, Passive House 10.21.16

Featured in PROFESSIONAL BUILDER - Prairie Passive Designed For Aging In Place

Our Prairie Passive home, which was designed for aging in place, is now featured on Professional Builder including an interview wi...
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Ballard Haus Pocket Home
Pocket Home 10.07.16

Ballard Haus Pocket Home

Behold, our Ballard Haus Pocket Home! We are so close to completing this project and are thrilled to share it with you. This is one of...
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Passive Home For Sale on Olympia's Eastside
Passive House 09.23.16

Passive Home For Sale on Olympia's Eastside

We are pleased to announce that we have completed one of our projects in Olympia and now have this beautiful Passive Home for sale! After months of...
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Chefs on Tour with Dillinger's!
Design, Remodel 08.27.16

Chefs on Tour with Dillinger's!

Last weekend was the beginning of the Tour of Homes, the free yearly event we've been telling you about for weeks now!. This year it all started of...
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Artisans Group in the Tour of Homes: August 20-21
08.13.16

Artisans Group in the Tour of Homes: August 20-21

Next weekend, August 20-21, marks our participation in the free annual Tour of Homes, where th...
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222 Market - Coming September 2016!
News 07.22.16

222 Market - Coming September 2016!

The past two years we've seen our commercial work greatly expand, and it continues to do so this summer with our masterminds teaming up with the fi...
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North American Passive House Network in NYC!
News, Passive House 07.08.16

North American Passive House Network in NYC!

 Architect Tessa Smith...
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Dreamy Light & Custom Design
Design, Home Building 06.24.16

Dreamy Light & Custom Design

Every design of ours tells a story, a piece of the narrative of the people living inside and what is important to them. And because of that...
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The Coolest Awnings in Puget Sound!
Home Building 06.16.16

The Coolest Awnings in Puget Sound!

The Jewel Box is getting some earrings. The awnings were placed yesterday and look sharp as all get-out. The awning over the entryway to the house...
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2016 Top Places to Work!
News 05.20.16

2016 Top Places to Work!

We are pleased to announce that Business Examiner named Artisans Group in their line-up of 2016...
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Passive House Interview: The Nixon Home
Passive House, Testimonial 05.06.16

Passive House Interview: The Nixon Home

The Nixon Home, located in the Ken Lake area, is a gem that blends in well with the surrounding community. Its wonderful owners wanted to have all...
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Leap Frog  Images
Design 05.05.16

Leap Frog Images

Leap Frog Images Designed for an active family, this 2900 sf code built home is about entertaining and having a little breathing room. Grea...
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Evolution of a Passive House
Design, Home Building, Passive House 04.22.16

Evolution of a Passive House

At the beginning of this year, we reported on the evolution of the Passive House project we call the Vogel House. At that time, the framing...
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Olympia, We Love You
Design, Home Building, News, Passive House, Testimonial 04.08.16

Olympia, We Love You

We love our hometo...
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Passive House Northwest & 'Ménage à Trois'
News, Passive House 03.25.16

Passive House Northwest & 'Ménage à Trois'

...
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Passive House Design Lecture
News, Passive House 03.11.16

Passive House Design Lecture

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We're Hiring: Seattle Site Supervisor!
Design, News 02.06.16

We're Hiring: Seattle Site Supervisor!

The Artisans Group is now hiring a Seattle Site Supervisor as we expand out of Olympia and into the Seattle market!  As a Passive House Design Build f...
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Ten Myths of Passive House
Passive House 01.30.16

Ten Myths of Passive House

We recently ran across this article on
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Seattle Passive House
Home Building 01.22.16

Seattle Passive House

Just a short ferry ride north of Seattle is the beautiful, historic town of Port Townsend. There we recently completed Heron Haus, a stunning
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Vogel Haus: A Certified Passive House in the Making
Home Building 01.16.16

Vogel Haus: A Certified Passive House in the Making

We added all of our Olympia and Seattle Passive Ho...
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Olympia's Passive House and Remodeling Specialists
Home Building, News, Testimonial 01.08.16

Olympia's Passive House and Remodeling Specialists

As our Passive House portfolio continues to grow in the Seattle market, our roots deepen as Olympia's Passive House and remodeling specialis...
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Seattle Neighborhoods - Putting Passive House in Context
Design, News 11.28.15

Seattle Neighborhoods - Putting Passive House in Context

There is a trend
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Energy Efficient Homes in Seattle and Olympia
News, Passive House 11.12.15

Energy Efficient Homes in Seattle and Olympia

In the exciting regional market of energy efficient architecture, staying on top of Passive Homes and energy efficient homes in Seattle and Olympia is...
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Island Refuge Featured by Pental
Design, News 10.30.15

Island Refuge Featured by Pental

Our interior design of the Passive House we call Island Refuge was
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Passive House: Lessons Learned
Passive House 10.23.15

Passive House: Lessons Learned

As with any project, unforseen circumstances can be a game changer, and we are all subject to the effects of Mother Nature. Being based in the Paci...
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The House That Could Save the World
Passive House 10.17.15

The House That Could Save the World

The next generation of ultra-efficient houses will redefine how we fight climate change—and how we live. By SARA...
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2015 OMB Tour of Homes 'Best of Show'
Design, News 10.09.15

2015 OMB Tour of Homes 'Best of Show'

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Cedar Haus- A Passive House Prodigy
Design, Home Building, Passive House 09.25.15

Cedar Haus- A Passive House Prodigy

Cedar Haus- A Passive House Prodigy is a testament to the beauty that can be achieved with Passive House or high performing energy efficient home.  "I...
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Award Winning Passive House on San Juan Islands
Design, News 09.18.15

Award Winning Passive House on San Juan Islands

We are proud to report that we now have an award winning Passive House on San Juan...
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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Passive House
Home Building 09.11.15

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Passive House

Check out our progress on the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Passive House located on Boston Harbor and overlooking the beautiful Puget...
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BIG House (Hint: its a really big Passive House)
Design, Passive House 09.04.15

BIG House (Hint: its a really big Passive House)

BIG House will be located on Echo Lake in Shoreline and will be a Multi-Generational Passive House.  This home was designed for a large extend...
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Now Hiring Carpenters and Job Supervisors in Seattle!
News, Passive House 08.29.15

Now Hiring Carpenters and Job Supervisors in Seattle!

We are now hiring Carpenters and Job Supervisors in Seattle! As our presence as Seattle's premier Passive House Design/Build firm grows, our 2016 b...
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Recently in the Business Examiner: Olympia firm...
News 08.21.15

Recently in the Business Examiner: Olympia firm...

Recently in the Business Examiner: Olympia firm taking advantage of sustainable home trend Pacific Northwest a ‘hotbed’ for passi...
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Holy hamburger Batman!  Artisans Group is  featured on the DWELL website!!!
News, Passive House, Prefab Home 08.15.15

Holy hamburger Batman! Artisans Group is featured on the DWELL website!!!

That's right, we are featured on the DWELL website, the holy grail of modern architecture!  Our Island Passive House is getting the k...
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Come visit us this weekend at The Tour of homes!
News 08.14.15

Come visit us this weekend at The Tour of homes!

Come visit us this weekend at the Tour of Homes!  We will have our very exciting Passive House, Cedar Haus on the tour,...
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Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes 2015!
News, Passive House 08.07.15

Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes 2015!

Come see us at Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes 2015!  We will have our very exciting Passive House, Cedar Haus on the tour...
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The Best of the Pacific Northwest: 8 Residential Projects
Design, News, Passive House 07.31.15

The Best of the Pacific Northwest: 8 Residential Projects

The Best of the Pacific Northwest: 8 Residential Projects Much to our excitement, a recent Architizer blog mentioned our Island Passive Ho...
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Artisans Group Remodel!
Remodel 07.25.15

Artisans Group Remodel!

Artisans Group has been going back to our roots, historically as Olympia's Remodeler we have done some very exciting remodels over the years,...
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Queen Anne Passive House, Seattle Washington
Design, Passive House 07.18.15

Queen Anne Passive House, Seattle Washington

We have recently gone to structural engineering on a very exciting and dramatic Passive House slated to be built in Queen Anne, Seattle 2016.  Our...
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Progress on Prairie Passive, Boston Harbor!
Home Building, Passive House 07.10.15

Progress on Prairie Passive, Boston Harbor!

I know, I know..... You are just dying to know what we have been a up to lately!  I'm excited to report we have been busy on our spectacular P...
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Hospitality Design
Design, News 07.03.15

Hospitality Design

The Artisans Group has a couple of opportunities on the horizon in the realm of hospitality design (restaurant, hotel, and commercial interior desi...
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Can your modern Passive House fit into a historic neighborhood?
Design, Passive House 06.05.15

Can your modern Passive House fit into a historic neighborhood?

The Artisans Group is working on a new modern Passive House design to be constructed in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington state: Ebey's Re...
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Port Townsend Passive House Takes Shape!
Home Building, Passive House 05.29.15

Port Townsend Passive House Takes Shape!

We couldn't be more excited!  The Heron Haus, our Port Townsend Passive project is in the framing stage and speeding along towards completion.  Much l...
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Our new look
News 05.21.15

Our new look

As our company has grown, new employees have joined us, and with more client meetings happening throughout the day- our small space was no longer meet...
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Students Design Passive House!
News 04.24.15

Students Design Passive House!

This Wednesday, The Artisans Group hosted 26 Chinook Middle School students enrolled in a Landscape Architecture class.  Things started off a...
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Testimonial and Other Passive House Poetry
Testimonial, Passive House 03.13.15

Testimonial and Other Passive House Poetry

We asked our client Don Freas, a poet and sculptor by trade to wax lyrical about living in the Jewel Box, one of our longest lived in Passive House...
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Hello Boston Harbor Neighborhood!
Design, Passive House 03.06.15

Hello Boston Harbor Neighborhood!

You have probably been wondering about the scurry of construction around your area of Olympia. What recently was a muddy slope is rapidly...
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Shou Sugi Ban!
Home Building, Passive House 02.27.15

Shou Sugi Ban!

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Meet Our New Seattle Regional Manager Lucas Johnson!
News 02.06.15

Meet Our New Seattle Regional Manager Lucas Johnson!

Bio Lucas Johnson has a complex and exciting background ranging from construction management to clean tech venture capital to environment...
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Seattle Green Building Slam Video, Island Passive House!
News, Passive House 01.23.15

Seattle Green Building Slam Video, Island Passive House!

Seattle Green Building Slam Video, Island Passive House!  Check out this video of Architect Tessa Smith presenting the Artisans Group's Island Passive...
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Our Newest Design Team Member, Roussa Cassel!
News 12.22.14

Our Newest Design Team Member, Roussa Cassel!

We would like to introduce you to a new addition to our design team, Roussa Cassel. Before joining us at Artisan's Group, Roussa has most recently...
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Tessa Smith is a licensed Architect at last!
News 12.11.14

Tessa Smith is a licensed Architect at last!

After a lot of hard work, studying, exams and support from Artis...
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2014 GREEN BUILDING SLAM IN SEATTLE
News, Passive House 11.07.14

2014 GREEN BUILDING SLAM IN SEATTLE

What to do after a week slammed with work work, and more work?  Come to the 2014 Green Building Slam, where you’re slammed instead with the en...
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Browtober event a big success at Uncork & Unwind
News 11.01.14

Browtober event a big success at Uncork & Unwind

The Artisans Group was a proud sponsor of Browtober this year,...
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A Case for Energy Efficient Housing  by Sheri Koones
Pocket Home, Passive House, News 10.24.14

A Case for Energy Efficient Housing by Sheri Koones

A Case for Energy Efficient Housing S...
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Building Dry Houses in the Great North-Wet!
Passive House 10.17.14

Building Dry Houses in the Great North-Wet!

In the course of building in northwest Washington for the last 15 years, we at The Artisans Group often come up on the discussion of...
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We won FIVE awards at Olympia Master Builders 2014 Tour of Homes reception!
News, Passive House 10.10.14

We won FIVE awards at Olympia Master Builders 2014 Tour of Homes reception!

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!!!
News 10.03.14

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!!!

The Artisans Group is supporting Safeplace of Olympia in fulfilling their vision of building a community free of physical, sexual and psychological...
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Olympia Tour of Homes Reception, Come Join us!!!
News 09.26.14

Olympia Tour of Homes Reception, Come Join us!!!

Come join us at the awards ceremony and reception, which is open to the general public for the first time this year.  Fingers crossed, ho...
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Cedar Haus, Passive House and Pretty!
Home Building, Passive House 09.19.14

Cedar Haus, Passive House and Pretty!

Here is an update and some photos on our Cedar Haus project, our prettiest Passive House to date!  The exterior walls are going up, and the dr...
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Finch Pocket House Update!
Home Building, Passive House, Pocket Home 09.12.14

Finch Pocket House Update!

For those of you excitedly following our progress, our Pocket House under construction; the sheet rock is installed and the siding is days away fro...
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Artisans Group, Tight Houses and World Records!
News, Passive House 09.05.14

Artisans Group, Tight Houses and World Records!

We have some exciting news to report in the often boring subject of building construction details. We here at The Artisans Group exhaustively&...
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The Artisans Group and The Passive House Farmhouse
News, Passive House 08.29.14

The Artisans Group and The Passive House Farmhouse

Recently featured on the Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes, The Artisans Group did the architectural design, Passive House energy modeling and...
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Passive House Q&A!
Passive House 08.22.14

Passive House Q&A!

Passive House Q&A! We received some great questions this week, from a person considering the purchase of a new Passive House. We tho...
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Come tour Artisans Group, top Passive House builder's homes....one of them is not finished but we think its pretty cool anyways.
News, Passive House 08.01.14

Come tour Artisans Group, top Passive House builder's homes....one of them is not finished but we think its pretty cool anyways.

Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes is right around the corner, and we have a stunning masterpiece and an efficient little gem to display. &...
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Artisans Group is hiring, but only if you eat awesomeness for breakfast and sneeze fun....
News 07.25.14

Artisans Group is hiring, but only if you eat awesomeness for breakfast and sneeze fun....

Artisans Group recently won the Business Examiners Top Places To Work, Integrity Award!  The judging criteria for the honor included:...
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Update on the Finch Pocket House and The Tour of Homes.....Also, Pirates
Home Building, News, Pocket Home, Prefab Home 07.18.14

Update on the Finch Pocket House and The Tour of Homes.....Also, Pirates

For those of you watching the progress of our very first Pocket House, the Finch Haus, with bated breath, I regret to inform you this particular pr...
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Gaudi and The Artisans Group Go Together Like Peas and Carrots
Design 07.11.14

Gaudi and The Artisans Group Go Together Like Peas and Carrots

One of these things is not like the others… If you grew up on Sesame Street, then you know that refrain well. I have been in m...
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Really Cool Prefab Homes by Sheri Koones
News, Prefab Home 07.08.14

Really Cool Prefab Homes by Sheri Koones

Check out this web article by Sheri Koones that talks about how prefab homes can be beautiful, thoughtfully designed spaces in addition to being an...
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Do Passive Houses Really Pay Off?
Passive House 06.30.14

Do Passive Houses Really Pay Off?

Do Passive Houses Really Pay Off? It's a great question, one that Randy Foster, king of the spreadsheeters and Lord of Excel, love...
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Cantilevers on a Passive House? In the words of George Takei, Oh Myyyyy
Passive House 06.20.14

Cantilevers on a Passive House? In the words of George Takei, Oh Myyyyy

We recently received the go-ahead to build the foundation of the Madrona House, in Olympia, WA and yes, it has the design element both feared and a...
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It's Raining Passive House at The Artisans Group...
Design, Home Building, Passive House 06.13.14

It's Raining Passive House at The Artisans Group...

"Judge me by my size do you?"  Any Star Wars, Yoda fans out there?  Little Oly II, our smallest Passive House to date is under w...
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Do Passive Houses have to be, well.....Ugly?
Design, Home Building, Passive House 06.06.14

Do Passive Houses have to be, well.....Ugly?

I get asked that question a lot, don't worry, I don't take it personally. Some people don't like some of our modern styled houses, which is fine, t...
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How to build a Passive House on a limited budget!
Passive House, Pocket Home 05.29.14

How to build a Passive House on a limited budget!

Our dreams have finally come true, not the ones about world peace and glass slippers, but certainly about super cost effective Passive House!  ...
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Passive House: The House of the Future by Sheri Koones
News, Passive House, Prefab Home 05.08.14

Passive House: The House of the Future by Sheri Koones

The Artisans Group is happy to announce that our Island Passive House has been featured again in an article by Sheri Koones. The Huf...
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Mother Nature Network features PreFabulous World by Sheri Koones on their website
News, Passive House, Prefab Home 04.28.14

Mother Nature Network features PreFabulous World by Sheri Koones on their website

Mother Nature Network has featured PreFabulous World, a new book by Sheri Koones, on their website. The article, by Catie Leary, notes that the "prefa...
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Come see us at the NW Green Home Tour this weekend!
News, Passive House 04.23.14

Come see us at the NW Green Home Tour this weekend!

The Artisans Group is happy to have our Island Passive House on the Northwest Green Home Tour this year! Feel free to contact the Artisans Group co...
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Our Island Passive House is on the Northwest Green Home Tour!
News, Passive House 04.21.14

Our Island Passive House is on the Northwest Green Home Tour!

The Artisans Group is excited to be on the 2014 Northwest Green Home Tour. Come see us at our Island Passive House location from 11am-5...
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The Artisans Group's Island Passive House featured in PreFabulous World by Sheri Koones!
Prefab Home, News 04.15.14

The Artisans Group's Island Passive House featured in PreFabulous World by Sheri Koones!

Today is the day that PreFabulous World by Sheri Koones comes out! It features the Island Passive House, making...
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Prefabulous World
News, Passive House, Pocket Home 04.12.14

Prefabulous World

Very exciting news for The Artisans Group: Our "Island Passive House" is featured in PreFabuous World by Sheri Koones. Available on Tuesd...
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Heron Pocket Passive House
Design, Passive House, Pocket Home 11.27.13

Heron Pocket Passive House

This 1100 sf Passive House packs a punch for its modest size, and boasts a high design industrial feel with its exposed concrete interior spine.&nb...
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Sparrow Pocket Passive House
Design, Passive House, Pocket Home, Prefab Home 09.24.13

Sparrow Pocket Passive House

Long and lean with simple detailing, this Passive House responds to its site and offers a large sliding glass wall off of the Great room.  Prefabricat...
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Wren Pocket Haus, Passive House
Design, Passive House, Pocket Home 09.24.13

Wren Pocket Haus, Passive House

Don't let this little bird fool you, it can change its feathers in the blink of an eye.  This Passive House rambler can easily shift from cleanly mode...
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Finch Pocket Passive House
Design, Passive House, Pocket Home, Prefab Home 09.24.13

Finch Pocket Passive House

Poetic in its simplicity, this modern Passive House is a testament to the beauty of restraint.  Prefabricated and adaptable the design can flex for di...
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New York Times article - Passive House: Sealed for Freshness
News, Passive House 08.15.13

New York Times article - Passive House: Sealed for Freshness

While Passive House has been a popular building approach in Europe for decades, it's only within the last ten years that it has taken hold in the U...
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Little Oly II
Design, Passive House 08.14.13

Little Oly II

Little Oly was put on hold last year, and now it is back on target to start construction soon. We made some improvements to the design to help the bud...
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Madrona Passive House
Design, Passive House, Pocket Home 08.14.13

Madrona Passive House

Nestled into a narrow, steep site, this Japanese inspired Passive House takes in expansive views of the Puget Sound. Heavily integrated into the si...
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2013 South Sound Parade of New Homes
05.10.13

2013 South Sound Parade of New Homes

The Artisans Group is participating in the Pierce County Master Builder Association's Parade of New Homes for the first time this year. Please join us...
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2013 House for Hope
News 05.09.13

2013 House for Hope

This amazing house will be on the South Sound Parade of Homes this year -100% of all materials and labor has been donated by Pierce County Master...
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Cedar Passive House Images
Design, Passive House 05.09.13

Cedar Passive House Images

Artisans Group is very excited about this Passive House, the clients are marvelous and the design is superb.  This home meets a comp...
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Passive Farmhouse Passive House Images
Design, Passive House 05.09.13

Passive Farmhouse Passive House Images

Well what do you know, a Passive House CAN look like an ordinary home! Traditional and timeless, this 2300 sf farm house has a strong craftsman inf...
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East Bay Townhomes
05.08.13

East Bay Townhomes

These contemporary units on Budd Inlet incorporate suspended entry bridges that lead to three stories of modern, flexible living. Highly energy effici...
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Mod on the Sound Passive House Images
Design 05.08.13

Mod on the Sound Passive House Images

This custom home on Puget Sound encourages serenity and creativity through its timeless, modern design and clarity of form. Walls of glass draw you to...
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Port Townsend Passive House
Design, Passive House 05.08.13

Port Townsend Passive House

This 1800 sf long and lean Passive House is all about the glass, with a strong yet simple visual language and a central naturally lit corridor, life p...
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Little Oly Passive House  House Images
Design, Passive House 05.08.13

Little Oly Passive House House Images

Watch out, this little guy packs a punch!  This very narrow 1200 sf home is design for a thin city lot, and will be making its home in the eclectic Ea...
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Energy Efficient Home Study covers our first Passive House
Passive House 04.19.13

Energy Efficient Home Study covers our first Passive House

We have had the good fortune to have one of our super green homes studied by the good folks at the Washington State Energy Office. The home is perform...
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Tacoma Area Energy Efficient Home on Tour
News 04.05.13

Tacoma Area Energy Efficient Home on Tour

Please come visit us at the public showing of our latest super energy efficient home design, located in the Tacoma area!  This house was designed and...
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Front Page News, The Artisans Group Passive House produces more than it uses
News, Passive House 04.05.13

Front Page News, The Artisans Group Passive House produces more than it uses

A couple of newspapers in our region, The Olympian and the News Tribune, just ran an article about one of our homes.  John Dodge, the author of the ar...
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Super Energy Efficient Home Construction in the San Juan Islands, Part II
Home Building, News, Passive House, Prefab Home 06.19.12

Super Energy Efficient Home Construction in the San Juan Islands, Part II

In a recent post we talked about the site work and foundation of an energy efficient home design that we are building in the San Juan Islands north of...
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Super Energy Efficient Home Construction in the San Juan Islands, Part I
Home Building, Passive House, Prefab Home 06.10.12

Super Energy Efficient Home Construction in the San Juan Islands, Part I

We created a super energy efficient home design that is being built on Shaw Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. &n...
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The Home of the Future
Passive House 01.25.12

The Home of the Future

New York based journalist Charlie Hoxie recently made a documentary, Passive Passion, to help spread the word about designing and...
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Passive House Retrofit Energy Efficient Remodel
Passive House 01.16.12

Passive House Retrofit Energy Efficient Remodel

Worth a quick read, is an
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Article: Tree Shaped Solar Arrays
Passive House 12.14.11

Article: Tree Shaped Solar Arrays

While out hiking in the Catskill mountains, Aiden discovered a new patterning sequence for solar photovoltaic panels based on deciduous...
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Insulation levels Passive Solar House
Passive House 11.30.11

Insulation levels Passive Solar House

Subject: Insulations levels in a passive solar house Question: I’m interested in building a passiv...
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Q & A on Passive House Appliances
Passive House 11.13.11

Q & A on Passive House Appliances

We recently received a thoughtful email from prospective clients who have been giving energy efficiency and Passive House design some seriou...
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Heat Your Home for $1.63 a week!
Passive House 10.26.11

Heat Your Home for $1.63 a week!

“Heat my home for $1.63 a week! Guaranteed comfort and warmth without a sweater in January?” That’s what I’m talkin...
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Women Making Marks in Construction and Sustainable Design
News 10.15.11

Women Making Marks in Construction and Sustainable Design

Recently the Business Examiner printed a feature article about women in construction. Artisans Group Lead Designer and Co-owner, Tessa Smith, was inte...
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Testimonials-Tooting our Horn
Passive House, Testimonial 09.16.11

Testimonials-Tooting our Horn

Hey why not? Customer service is serious business around here and for good reason, without them there is no business. We’re grateful...
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2011 Olympia Tour of Homes
News, Passive House 08.18.11

2011 Olympia Tour of Homes

Olympia Master Builders Annual Tour of Homes Save the date: August 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 UPDATE: TOUR GUIDES AVAIL...
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Country Charm Passive House Fly Through
Design, Passive House 08.05.11

Country Charm Passive House Fly Through

Another amazing example of the design flexibility of the unparalleled energy efficient building standard, Passive House! Green building at...
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Automatic Window Shades-German Made by Pazen
08.05.11

Automatic Window Shades-German Made by Pazen

Without a doubt, we are all in love with the integral automatic window shades used on the Jewel Box Passive House wind...
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Hemlock Passive House Images
Design, Passive House 08.05.11

Hemlock Passive House Images

Hemlock Haus, essential, contemporary, simple and minimal defines this uncomplicated yet extremely energy efficient northwest home. Designed for an ac...
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Island Passive House Images
Design, Passive House 08.05.11

Island Passive House Images

Location: Shaw Island, WA Every inch of this ultra modern and sleek , energy efficient glass box is put to good use, from its pinwheel desi...
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Le Jardin Passive House Images
Design, Passive House, Prefab Home 08.05.11

Le Jardin Passive House Images

This cozy prefab passive house is nestled in the woods with the sounds of nature and country living as the background music for the homeowners whil...
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Jewel Box Passive House Images
Design, Passive House 08.05.11

Jewel Box Passive House Images

We all love this super low carbon footprint energy efficient Passive House, it feels like it grew from the earth and settled right in as if it’s alway...
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Past Projects Passive House Images
Passive House 08.05.11

Past Projects Passive House Images

We’ve designed and built a lot of beautiful homes over the years, the majority of them being a Passive House! We’ll give you a taste for some of th...
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Factory to Site Passive House Prefab Panel Process Images
Prefab Home 08.05.11

Factory to Site Passive House Prefab Panel Process Images

Prefab or pre-manufactured is the new way of high quality design and construction, and it even works for a Passive House! Folks love t...
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The North Project Passive House Images
Design 08.03.11

The North Project Passive House Images

Eclectic, playful, monochromatic two-tone, modern styling in east Olympia! This cheerful 1900sf home was designed for living and entertaining for a...
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I Can Make a Cake
Passive House 07.29.11

I Can Make a Cake

What can I say, this little Swedish gal is pretty adorable. At the end of the interview by CNN’s Jim Boulden, he asks the homeowner about cold days in...
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Interview 2: Living in a Passive House
Testimonial, Passive House 07.06.11

Interview 2: Living in a Passive House

The North family hit the road running w...
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Passive House for Beginners
Passive House 07.01.11

Passive House for Beginners

Martin Holladay strikes again! He most concisely and eloquently gives us a the basics of Passive House in this superb
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The Jewel Box: Moving In
Home Building, Passive House 06.18.11

The Jewel Box: Moving In

Well, the homeowner of the magical Jewel Box moved in recently, surrounded by boxes, unplaced furniture, lost minutiae, and excitement for setting...
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Rising Energy Costs
News, Passive House 06.15.11

Rising Energy Costs

If this doesn’t build a case for Passive House, I don’t know what does. Did you all catch the recent news that Puget Sound Energy (...
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Living in Their New Passive House
Passive House, Home Building 05.25.11

Living in Their New Passive House

The North family recently moved into their new Passive House! A long awaited, big day for them. We haven’t done a formal photo shoot yet, b...
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Environmental Protection Award
News 05.22.11

Environmental Protection Award

Tessa Smith with her proud dad after receiving award. Recently the Rotary Club of Olympia presented the Artisans Group with their prest...
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Kudos From an Energy Nerd
Home Building, News, Passive House 05.19.11

Kudos From an Energy Nerd

Great blog write up by building science aficionado Martin Halloday, senior editor of
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Passive House Articles
News, Passive House, Testimonial 04.07.11

Passive House Articles

Always fun to read about the burgeoning enthusiasm for the ultra energy efficient Passive House (PH) building standard out there in the world....
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First Passive House Prefab Panel Success!
Home Building, Passive House, Prefab Home 04.05.11

First Passive House Prefab Panel Success!

We’re excited to report a huge success this week with the installation of our first prefabricated wall sections for an ultra energy efficient modes...
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Passive House Northwest
News, Passive House 03.31.11

Passive House Northwest

Our regional Passive House Northwest conference, recently held at the Evergreen Long House, was a great success! The day began with a compelling an...
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Olympia Green Tour 2nd Annual
News, Passive House 03.13.11

Olympia Green Tour 2nd Annual

Daffodils are up… it’s time again for the 
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Energy Efficient Passive House in Louisiana
News, Passive House 02.26.11

Energy Efficient Passive House in Louisiana

We know that here in the Pacific Northwest we are blessed with premium conditions for easily building of energy efficient Passive Houses (PH). Our...
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Passive House Spring Regional Meeting
News, Passive House 02.23.11

Passive House Spring Regional Meeting

Reposted from Passive House Northwest...
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Energy Code Sticker for Your Home
News, Passive House 02.20.11

Energy Code Sticker for Your Home

Imagine a day out new car shopping… There’s no information provided about the performance of any of the cars for sale. But, eve...
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JLC Passive House Article: Part 3
Passive House 02.17.11

JLC Passive House Article: Part 3

Excerpt “There’s no doubt that the Passive House approach works. Experience shows that buildings constructe...
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JLC Passive House Article: Part 2
Passive House 02.17.11

JLC Passive House Article: Part 2

Excerpt “There’s no doubt that the Passive House approach works. Experience shows that buildings constructe...
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JLC Passive House Article: Part 1
Passive House 02.17.11

JLC Passive House Article: Part 1

Good write up on the Passive House standard in the Journal of Light Construction this month. See the original article
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Can I Afford Building Green
Passive House, Residential 02.07.11

Can I Afford Building Green

**UPDATE NOTE - This blog was originally published in February of 2011 and does not reflect current market conditions.  Please
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Siding for the Jewel Box
Design 01.11.11

Siding for the Jewel Box

I’ve been sorely remiss in posting about the beautiful little
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House Remodel Part 2
Design 12.28.10

House Remodel Part 2

By: Tessa Smith, lead designer Although personally I very much liked the modern aesthetic of the original flat roof (a bit...
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Happy Holidays!
News 12.23.10

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! As I sit here winding up the week, getting ready to head over to the Methow Valley for a few days o...
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Superheros Fight Energy Crimes
News, Passive House 12.13.10

Superheros Fight Energy Crimes

Excel Man and Passive Derby Girl are dedicated to fighting energy crimes to make the world a better place. Plus i...
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National Passive House Conference
News, Passive House 11.18.10

National Passive House Conference

Three of us from The Artisans Group (Randy, Tessa and Zeta), recently attended the three day North American Passive House (PH) Conference in Portla...
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Another Cool Passive House
Passive House, Prefab Home 10.25.10

Another Cool Passive House

We’ve been so busy around here lately that I haven’t introduced you to another really fun project we have in the works, The JEWEL BOX...
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Passive House Makes Front Page News
News, Passive House 10.24.10

Passive House Makes Front Page News

We were on the front page of the Olympian a couple days ago with one of our current Passive House projects.Very nice article written by John Dodge, wh...
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Hydronic Radiant Heat
10.23.10

Hydronic Radiant Heat

Hydronic radiant heat installation Hydronic radiant floor heating systems are one of the most energy efficien
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Energy Performance Monitoring
Passive House 10.21.10

Energy Performance Monitoring

Some of you are curious to know how our Passive Houses (PH) in the Seattle and Olympia area will perform over time and how accurate the PHPP modeli...
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Humidity Control in a Passive House
Passive House 10.20.10

Humidity Control in a Passive House

We’ve recently received some great questions about humidity control in our Passive Houses, read on to see how we address this hot topic:...
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Is Passive House Overkill
Passive House 10.18.10

Is Passive House Overkill

This excellent post is reprinted from a June 16th, Building Capacity blog posting.
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Judges Choice Best Green Features
News 10.15.10

Judges Choice Best Green Features

The Tour of Homes is behind us and I can say it was the most fun we’ve ever had in 13 years of participation! We were fortunate to have good weathe...
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Comfortable Vaulted Rooms
Passive House 10.14.10

Comfortable Vaulted Rooms

We’ve had several inquiries during the recent Tour of Homes about the 17’ vaulted ceiling in our featured home. Mainly the question was about heat...
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Passive House and SIPs
Passive House 10.05.10

Passive House and SIPs

Thanks to a recent reader comment, we’ve taken the time to address the question (one we often get) about structural insulated panels (SIP) and why...
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Passive House: Homeowner Interview
Testimonial, Passive House 10.01.10

Passive House: Homeowner Interview

I recently caught up with DT North to interview him about his experience so far in building the
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Cost to Upgrade to Passive House
News, Passive House 09.28.10

Cost to Upgrade to Passive House

Not a big surprise, we received some juicy emails as a result of the
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NPR Interview: Passive House Project
News 09.24.10

NPR Interview: Passive House Project

NPR contacted The Artisans Group the other day to interview us about one of our Passive House projects. It’s gotten great press lately having been...
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2010 Olympia Master Builder's Tour of Homes Oct 23910
News 09.15.10

2010 Olympia Master Builder's Tour of Homes Oct 23910

The Artisans Group is featuring three homes on the Olympia Master Builder’s Tour of Homes this year. 1 :...
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Part 1: Ground Breaking 2nd Passive House in WA State
Passive House 09.13.10

Part 1: Ground Breaking 2nd Passive House in WA State

After several months of creativity, diligence and perseverance by the homeowners and The Artisans Group, we recently broke ground...
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Quick Passive House Refresher
Passive House 09.13.10

Quick Passive House Refresher

It’s so simple it’s elegant. Passive House, or Passivhaus as it’s known in Europe, is not a brand name, but rather a design and constructio...
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The Scope of Green Building Q&A
Passive House 08.12.10

The Scope of Green Building Q&A

A recent inquiry on our website rendered some great feedback from our designer, Tessa Smith, worthy of sharing: Query:...
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The House that Saved the World
Home Building 07.29.10

The House that Saved the World

The House that Saved the World is a thirteen part production featuring Eco-Home Builders that are breaking the trail for sustainable buildings....
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Green MLS | Green Homes For Sale
News 07.14.10

Green MLS | Green Homes For Sale

Do you like window shopping for real estate? Or are you trying to get a sense for the cost of a green home in your area? It’s commonly accepted the...
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Passive House Heating 101-Energy Efficient Homes
Passive House 07.06.10

Passive House Heating 101-Energy Efficient Homes

Passive Houses are energy efficient homes that are so efficient, it often it takes mentioning a few times for the reality of this statement to sink...
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Very Green Homes- Passive House
Passive House 06.28.10

Very Green Homes- Passive House

This is another great article outlining what Passive House is… it even mentions Dan Whitmore’s house in Seattle, the first Passive House cur...
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Green Homes in Olympia-Permit Friendly
Passive House 06.28.10

Green Homes in Olympia-Permit Friendly

Reposted from Passive House Northwest Blog, posted by Albert Rooks 5.26.10 Passive House could move to the head of the line in Thurston Co...
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Passive House Upfront Costs & Payback
Passive House 06.19.10

Passive House Upfront Costs & Payback

We get loads of questions about Passive House, but the two bottom line biggies are: How affordable is the upgrade to desig...
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Brooklyn Cohousing Project-Passive House
Passive House 06.09.10

Brooklyn Cohousing Project-Passive House

Another well written Passive House article worthy of a post. This article is written by Ken Levenson who is an architect in Brooklyn, NY. His clien...
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Passive House-Letter to the Editor
Passive House 06.04.10

Passive House-Letter to the Editor

A few weeks ago John Dodge of the Olympian wrote a
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Energy Efficient Home Program
Passive House 06.01.10

Energy Efficient Home Program

reprinted from the Olympian Incentives to repair that leaky home Resources: Program examines house’s efficiency...
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How to Select Green Cabinets
05.26.10

How to Select Green Cabinets

Choosing what actually makes up a green home these days can be head-spinning, how can you always be certain that what you are choosing is the best...
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Passive House Fine Home Building Article
Passive House 05.20.10

Passive House Fine Home Building Article

For those of you that want a snap shot of what it means when someone says “Passive House Design“, this is the article to read....
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Passive House-Olympian Article
Passive House, News 05.17.10

Passive House-Olympian Article

John Dodge, of The Olympian, wrote an article about us that appeared on the front page of last Sunday’s paper. You can read the
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Passive House Building Materials
Passive House 05.14.10

Passive House Building Materials

People often ask about and are surprised to find out that the building materials to build a super-energy efficient Passive House are the same as wh...
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Passive House History
Passive House 05.11.10

Passive House History

In the last two weeks, I’ve had several folks around the Seattle and Olympia area ask me about the origins of the Passive House Standard. Rather th...
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Best Whole-House Remodel Award
News, Passive House 05.08.10

Best Whole-House Remodel Award

The Olympia Master Builders graciously hosted the annual Remodel Excellence Awards (REX) this past week. There were many beautiful projects submitt...
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Passive House Training
Passive House 05.05.10

Passive House Training

I recently completed the first three days of training as a Certified Passive House Consultant last week. During the first d...
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Architectural Styles
Design 05.02.10

Architectural Styles

Want to test your architectural style knowledge? The Oregonian has a down and dirty list of important architectural styles throughout the ages, fro...
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Passive House New Construction
Passive House 04.29.10

Passive House New Construction

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Passive House Remodel Portland Oregon
Passive House 04.26.10

Passive House Remodel Portland Oregon

I wrote a few days ago California’s first certified Passive House remodel coming on board in July. As Passive House design picks up momentum, I tho...
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How to: Outdoor Kitchen
Design 04.26.10

How to: Outdoor Kitchen

Seems like all us Pacific Northwest -ers like to do ‘stuff’ outdoors, whether it’s raining or not. Fortunately, our winters are mild and the o...
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Passive House Remodel
Passive House 04.23.10

Passive House Remodel

I was snooping around this morning to see what’s happening out in the world with Passive House remodels. With housing stock being what it is with a...
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South Sound Green Tour Reminder
News 04.13.10

South Sound Green Tour Reminder

Just a last reminder to check out the South Sound Green Tour
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Solar Powered Cookies...er.. Cooking
News 04.13.10

Solar Powered Cookies...er.. Cooking

“Free energy“… what could be cooler than that? Well, “free energy” and “food“…...
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Green Tour Workshops at The Artisans Group
News, Passive House 04.13.10

Green Tour Workshops at The Artisans Group

Schedule of Workshops and Resources at The Artisans Group Design Center : Sat | Sun | 12pm | The Artisans Group Design Cen...
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Greenest Countertops in Olympia
04.09.10

Greenest Countertops in Olympia

Lots of ‘green’ countertops to choose from out there these days. Many of those products are incredibly viable, beautiful, and green. When consideri...
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The Sustainable Future of Lighting
Design 04.06.10

The Sustainable Future of Lighting

The Sustainable Future of Lighting Most of us are familiar with Solatube type passive daylighting, which is functionally nice, but for my e...
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Passive House NW Regional Meeting
Passive House 04.01.10

Passive House NW Regional Meeting

Last Friday, three of us from The Artisans Group attended the first regional meeting of Passive House Northwest....
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Best of South Sound Contractors
News 03.29.10

Best of South Sound Contractors

Pretty exciting news first thing Monday morning! It appears we took the highest place in The Olympian newspaper’s on-line poll for “
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Stylish Universal Design-Shower Drain
Design 03.24.10

Stylish Universal Design-Shower Drain

Shower drain, not the most provocative subject unless there’s a problem. That said, this note just in from our interior designer, Diane Gassman, wh...
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Lego Kitchen Island
Design 03.21.10

Lego Kitchen Island

Lego Island Story by: Miyoko Ohtake Photo by: Celine Clanet Step back, Jacobsen, Utzon,...
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Mike Reynolds-Authentic Architecture
Design 03.17.10

Mike Reynolds-Authentic Architecture

Mike Reynolds-Authentic Architecture I’ve always been interested in folks who pursue the ‘unexpected’ and if it’s ‘functional’ all the bett...
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Passive House Design-The Heating System
Passive House 03.12.10

Passive House Design-The Heating System

We talk about Passive House quite a lot and will likely continue since it’s one of our favorite subjects. I’m excited to r...
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Construction and Demolition Debris
03.09.10

Construction and Demolition Debris

At The Artisans Group, we are always looking for ways to reduce our jobsite waste and to avoid putting anything in the landfill. For you DIY’ers ou...
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Fuel Cells: The Bloom Box
Design 03.05.10

Fuel Cells: The Bloom Box

Fuel Cells: The Bloom Box This is an interesting article on the next generation of de-centralized fuel cells… like much of techn...
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Green Home Guide-USGBC
03.02.10

Green Home Guide-USGBC

The US Green Building Council recently launched GreenHomeGuide.com. For homeowner...
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Disappearing Window Screens
Design 02.27.10

Disappearing Window Screens

Disappearing Window Screens Now that the leaden skies of winter are receding a bit allowing us to enjoy the beauty of spring, I’m enjoying...
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How is Energy Efficiency Measured?
Passive House 02.24.10

How is Energy Efficiency Measured?

If you’ve read my previous posts on the origin of Passive House, you’ll know it originated out of Europe and the Passive House standards were born...
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June 25 Insulating Concrete Forms
News 02.23.10

June 25 Insulating Concrete Forms

June 25 Insulating Concrete Forms The is the next course in our Green Building Education Series. Everyone completing the course will receiv...
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How Does a Passive House Work
Passive House 02.21.10

How Does a Passive House Work

WHAT IS A PASSIVE HOUSE? The term “Passive House” (not to be confused with passive solar design, though there are overlapping prin...
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June 20 Wood Window and Door Restoration and Weatherization
News 02.20.10

June 20 Wood Window and Door Restoration and Weatherization

This half-day workshop will show you how and why to preserve and weatherize original wood windows, doors and architectural details. Present...
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Solar PV Design Workshop
News 02.17.10

Solar PV Design Workshop

Solar PV Design Workshop, June 18-20th Hosted by: NW Eco-Building Guild Space is limited to 10 participants, so...
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June 18 Rain Garden Workshop
News 02.14.10

June 18 Rain Garden Workshop

NW Eco-Building Guild Rain Garden Workshop, Thursday June 18th Our monthly educational meeting features David...
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April 17 & 18 South Sound Green Tour
News 02.12.10

April 17 & 18 South Sound Green Tour

The South Sound ECO-Builders-Guild Hosts: The South Sound Green Tour Innovation – Education – Inspiration
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Chamber of Commerce Event
News 02.11.10

Chamber of Commerce Event

Chamber of Commerce After Hours Event Hosted by: The Artisans Gro...
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Cellular Shades Qualify for Tax Credit
02.08.10

Cellular Shades Qualify for Tax Credit

I just noted in the latest copy of Dwell magazine (March 2010)
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Large 3D Architectural Tile
Design 02.04.10

Large 3D Architectural Tile

Large 3D Architectural Tile Daniel Ogassian Tiles are just cool. They f...
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No Leak Skylights
02.02.10

No Leak Skylights

Velux is rolling out a redesigned skylight product line this January with major upgrades: Advanced energy efficient glassBeef...
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Ultra Grip Green Primer
01.27.10

Ultra Grip Green Primer

Ultra Grip Multi Purpose Primer. Though I just discovered a write up on this product, and haven’t tried it yet, it looks like one...
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American Clay Plaster
01.24.10

American Clay Plaster

American Clay Earth Plaster is a wonderful, earthy wall finish that ca...
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Peace Industry Felt Rugs
01.19.10

Peace Industry Felt Rugs

The best parts of building a new home or finishing a remodel are the final touches that make it feel like home. It’s hard to resist a perfectly sui...
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R-ETRO insulation retrofit
01.18.10

R-ETRO insulation retrofit

Quadlock is a company that specializes in building insulation systems. I’v...
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Crystal Cabinets
Design 01.15.10

Crystal Cabinets

Crystal Cabinets One of our favorite, beautifully crafted, consistent, durable products we carry in our showroom is
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Update: Siding for the Jewel Box
Passive House 01.14.10

Update: Siding for the Jewel Box

A few days ago I posted a write up by the homeowner of The Jewel Box, a lovely little modest-modern waterfront Passi...
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Mid Century Bath Remodel
01.12.10

Mid Century Bath Remodel

As the marketing person at The Artisans Group, part of my job is to coordinate photo shoots of our projects. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go...
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Our Own Passive House Consultant
News 01.09.10

Our Own Passive House Consultant

We received notice yesterday of news we’ve longed to hear… our  lead building designer, Tessa Smith, passed her grueling exams to achie...
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Natural Poplar Bark Siding update
Design 01.07.10

Natural Poplar Bark Siding update

Natural Poplar Bark Siding update Yesterday I posted about a company in N.C that harvests and sells natural poplar bark building materials....
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Natural Poplar Bark Siding
Design 01.06.10

Natural Poplar Bark Siding

Poplar Bark Siding It’s obvious when I think about it, though my only exposure, until now, to bark siding has been with staged replica “nat...
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Top 500 Green Companies in US
01.03.10

Top 500 Green Companies in US

Newsweek compiled a 2009 list of 500 US companies by how ‘green’ they are. It’s an impressive list of some big companies. I always find the...
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House Remodel Part 3
12.31.09

House Remodel Part 3

By: Tessa Smith, lead designer As a sustainability consultant (LEED AP, Certified Passive House C...
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House Remodel Part 1
Design 12.25.09

House Remodel Part 1

By: Tessa Smith lead designer I met the Demich’s at a tour of homes several years ago, as we stood in my project they desc...
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Community Resources-Get involved
Events 12.22.09

Community Resources-Get involved

For so many reasons, Olympia is a great place to live! I can hardly imagine finding anywhere better. For me it’s a package deal, but the cherry on...
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Should I Remodel My Home part II
12.17.09

Should I Remodel My Home part II

This is part II of my musings on when it makes sense to remodel. I left off yesterday with a list of general questions that might...
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Should I Remodel My Home
12.16.09

Should I Remodel My Home

When does it make sense to remodel my home? The fact that you ask yourself indicates the possibility of a ‘need’....
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FROGBOX A Green Moving Alternative
12.13.09

FROGBOX A Green Moving Alternative

This is a notable Puget Sound resource I just read about in the Business Examiner, “FROGBOX Brings Totatable Alternatives to South Sound
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Handwoven Rugs- Social Purchasing
Design 12.07.09

Handwoven Rugs- Social Purchasing

Handwoven Rugs- Social Purchasing “Green” behavior often means making responsible selections based on the impact to the environment. Equall...
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Evaluating Luxury
Design 12.04.09

Evaluating Luxury

Evaluating Luxury As with most mornings, today was no different. I woke up to hot breath on my face and eyes loaded with anticipation. That...
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Recycled Glass Countertops
12.01.09

Recycled Glass Countertops

Okay! Countertops are blossoming before us. Building green has been great in so many wholesome ways and has been the genesis of so...
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ECO by Cosentino Green Countertops
Design 11.27.09

ECO by Cosentino Green Countertops

ECO by Cosentino Green Countertops This is a nice product that recently came out on the market; we just received samples for our showroom a...
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Holiday Food Drive
News 11.20.09

Holiday Food Drive

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE! Each year, the members of The Artisans Group sponsors a food drive for those in our community who...
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Deck Stain Options
Design 11.17.09

Deck Stain Options

Deck Stain Options Late this summer a friend decided to refinish her wood deck in the remaining days of sunshine. Once she completed th...
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New home for plastic foam
Design 11.14.09

New home for plastic foam

New home for plastic foam Finally a local place to recycle your plastic foam containers! I read this article in the Olympian the other...
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Incandescent Lights Out
11.11.09

Incandescent Lights Out

There are certainly differing opinions about light bulbs these days, for example rarely do we hear someone sitting on the fence about their feeling...
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Austria Passive House Update
Passive House 11.08.09

Austria Passive House Update

In an earlier
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Green Remodeling Basics
11.05.09

Green Remodeling Basics

Green remodeling, just how elusive is it? Green building and energy efficient are not the Holy Grail...
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Hydroright Dual-Flush Toilet Converter
Design 11.02.09

Hydroright Dual-Flush Toilet Converter

Hydroright Dual-Flush Toilet Converter Who hasn’t heard the phrase “water is the new oil“? Given that we are even...
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Laminate Countertops and Surfaces
Design 10.29.09

Laminate Countertops and Surfaces

Laminate Countertops and Surfaces Can you believe these are little snapshots of modern laminate? Though I work for The Arti...
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Passive House (PHIUS) Concept & Standards
Passive House 10.26.09

Passive House (PHIUS) Concept & Standards

Written by Tessa Smith, The Artisans Group, for The Nisqually River Foundation The Passi...
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Best of Show and Best Kitchen - Tour of Homes Awards
News 10.17.09

Best of Show and Best Kitchen - Tour of Homes Awards

Earlier this week our team attended the Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes Award night at Little Creek Casino. We are very pleased to announce t...
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See Green Home Remodeling Part II
10.13.09

See Green Home Remodeling Part II

Higher Cost Options Of course, if your budget allows, you may wish to really go green and look at a Passive House retrofit. Today’...
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Green Home Remodeling Part I
10.10.09

Green Home Remodeling Part I

Economical Options When remodeling a home, homeowners are faced with a vast array of decisions. From spatial orie...
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The Electric Grid - How does the Borg work or not
Design 10.07.09

The Electric Grid - How does the Borg work or not

The Electric Grid - How does the Borg work or not Though it’s not about design or construction or cool new interior products, if you are an...
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A Little Green for Your Green-Compliments of the U.S Gov.
10.04.09

A Little Green for Your Green-Compliments of the U.S Gov.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 Hopefully by now, all of you know about the ARRA tax credits and...
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Green Washing and Business Ethics
10.04.09

Green Washing and Business Ethics

So, you've heard of white-washing, it's a cousin to the ubiquitous white lie. Easy to do, easy to justify, doesn't really hurt anyone. Right...
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The true cost of being energy efficient-is it worth it?
10.01.09

The true cost of being energy efficient-is it worth it?

Depending on which research study you use or by which methods of energy efficiency you implement, generally it's agreed that there is an upfront co...
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Fiddling on a Green Roof
09.28.09

Fiddling on a Green Roof

Everything that was old is new again. As we continue to look for the latest, cutting-edge green technology, it’s not surprising to learn that some...
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Passivhaus (Passive House) II
Passive House 09.25.09

Passivhaus (Passive House) II

This blog follows on from our previous post – Passivhaus (Passi...
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Passivhaus (Passive House) I
Passive House 09.22.09

Passivhaus (Passive House) I

With concerns about rising energy costs and detrimental climate changes, it’s no wonder uber energy efficiency is finally starting...
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Solar Tutorial Part A - The Very Basics
09.19.09

Solar Tutorial Part A - The Very Basics

Creating electricity from the sun has been around since 1954, but using the sun for heat energy has been around since the dawn of time. Have you ev...
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Solar Tour in Olympia
News 09.16.09

Solar Tour in Olympia

Come join us October 3rd, 2009, for the Olympia Solar Tour of Homes. For the second year running, The Artisans Group is proud to p...
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Homes for a Lifetime  Certified Aging-in-Place
09.13.09

Homes for a Lifetime Certified Aging-in-Place

As more and more Baby Boomers hit their retirement years, housing for this generation becomes an evermore important issue. According to the Nationa...
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