TERRY & BARBARA JAMES
ARCHITECT/DESIGNER: SHARON SHELTZER
YEAR BUILT: 2001
features Locally sourced rammed earth walls; slate siding at second story exterior walls; hand-troweled interior plaster finish; in floor radiant heat under slate tile floors; exposed beam trusses; locally crafted doors, windows and cabinets; locally sourced redwood and oak slab fireplace mantles; site sourced river rock fireplace and Manzanita shower rail; off-grid photovoltaic electrical system.
“Pete is an innovator who demonstrated an amazing ability to incorporate his ideas into the plans for our home. His ideas not only worked seamlessly with the house plans, but greatly enhanced the final result. The subcontractors that he employed for the detail work were all, literally, artisans whose attention to detail and professionalism were incredible.
Pete is a master at incorporating building materials that blend exceptionally well with the natural surroundings. Moreover, the rammed earth construction of our home makes it nearly inflammable, which is extremely important in a high risk fire area as the Sierra Nevada foothills. In addition, the insulating effect of the rammed earth is such that the inside tmeperature is often more than twenty degrees cooler or warmer than the outside temperature during the summer, and winter, respectively.” Terry and Barbara James
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photography: martha widmann