Our beautiful two-story log cabin was built in 2002 with 235 tons of timber from a forest fire in the Kootenai National Forest by a local contractor, and all 16,000 square feet pays homage to our deep love of nature. Every detail of our log building was thoughtfully planned from the gentle removal of logs from the forest, to the use of reclaimed wood from Missouri for the flooring, to the use of skylights to provide maximum natural lighting which in turn reduces energy costs. Our building uses energy efficient water faucets, light fixtures, and has an energy recovery ventilation system.
In December of 2015 we installed 348 solar arrays on our roof to supply us with 99% of our energy needs. In four years, we have prevented over 358,000 kg of CO2 emissions (the equivalent of removing 78 vehicles off the road for a year) from entering our air, and saved over $48,000 in energy costs. Currently, we are completing a retrofit of our existing florescent light futures to energy-efficient and non-toxic LEDs.