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Case Study: Ballard Haus

August 9th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Projects

Located in the Pacific Northwest, the Ballard Haus is an exciting Passive House design meant to fit onto a more compact urban lot while still providing an open and airy feeling. Like all of the Pocket models from the Artisans Group, the Ballard Haus achieves the client’s standard of beauty and the passive house standard of comfort and efficiency without breaking the bank.


The project incorporated Zola’s Thermo Clad line of windows and doors, the industry’s go-to choice for high-performance buildings. With superior components, design, engineering, and craftsmanship, Thermo Clad makes it possible to combine superior aesthetics and operability with energy-efficiency for the discerning home-owner. Thermo Clad offers panels up to 11’ high in the sliding doors engineered as Lift Slide units that offer an easy gliding mechanism. Standard units can be built up to 40’ in width, and custom versions can be curved or open over a corner.


Yakisugi cedar and smooth hardi siding were chosen to complement and blend into the beautiful Pacific NW.


They built up to take full advantage of the extra sunlight for solar gain during the winter, and they crafted an open concept floor plan to maximize the client’s space and budget.





Zola Glass Entry Doors offer a modern welcome to your home. Available in a variety of low aluminum or fiberglass thresholds to match your needs. Full selection of available privacy glass to match your needs, with standard and fully custom door handles available. Zola Glass Entry Doors feature 5″ wide rails and styles, and glass to match your window package.


The precision doors seal out weather and noise, with fully 3D adjustable hinges for a perfect fit. They open and shut effortlessly, and are highly secure with deadbolt and several steel hooks that anchor the door into the frame.




Photography by: Poppi Photography

Our basic designs serve as a starting point for the client to customize the home and make it right for them. At a cost comparative to code-built home, the Ballard Haus represents our ability to deliver a dream for a price that still makes it feel like a dream.

The Artisans Group specializes in building and artisansgroup_logoremodeling some of the finest eco-friendly and energy-efficient homes in the Seattle, Olympia and Portland area. They are an eclectic band of uniquely talented Pacific Northwest architects, designers, craftsman, and managers with a shared passion for home design. Passive Houses are its niche, and they provide the simplest solutions to guarantee comfort and durability in home design while providing soulful beauty. This design philosophy is a dedication you can feel and a finesse in architecture that always proves stunning. www.artisansgroup.com