Net-zero energy home with industrial-chic details in Northern California


This net-zero energy home with clean and contemporary details was designed for a family of four by Atmosphere Design Build, located in Nevada City, California. With handcrafted details found throughout this home’s 1,600 square feet, the family was thoroughly committed to keeping the carbon footprint small.

For the design of this two-bedroom, two bath dwelling, inspiration was drawn from green building materials and raw industrial loft spaces. The homeowners wished to craft a home that both reflects the “imperfect” qualities of handmade structures and also offers a clean contemporary aesthetic.

Above: Materials include salvaged redwood paneling from TerraMai and a chandelier that was designed by Metro Lighting. The wall sconce is from Barn Light Electric Co. An Eero Saarinen Womb chair offers a trendy aeshtetic, while the area rug is by Peace Industry.


Above: The staircase treads are comprised of Douglas fir, complimented by raw steel and cable wire for the railing.


A combination of passive solar design, meticulous air sealing, high-performance windows, and attentive insulation details reduce the space conditioning requirements of this house to a mere fraction of a typical code built home. A single mini-split heats and cools the entire house and a 7 kW photovoltaic system will provide more than enough onsite energy to offset the home’s energy usage.


Above: In the kitchen, the pendant lights are the Lumi – Mochi Pendant by Fabbian, while the counter stools are by Tolix. The base of the island is comprised of salvaged redwood, while the countertop is walnut butcher block.


Above: The backsplash tile in the kitchen is from Fireclay Tile. Open walnut shelving displays a collection of dinnerware and cookware. The countertops are precast concrete, while the range features an induction cooktop.


What We Love: This net-zero energy home offers inspiring selections throughout its design. The home is so peaceful and serene, with minimal furnishings that focus attention on the large windows framing views of nature. Truly enjoy the fact that the clients and the architect were on the same page of creating a sustainable home. We are especially loving the use of the reclaimed wood to create an overall attractive design. 

Tell Us: What details do you find appealing in the design of this home? Please share with us in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other amazing environmentally home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Extraordinary Cascade Mountains retreat with eco-conscious features and Sustainably designed modern farmhouse near the California coast.


A weathering steel metal roof, native log post details, polished concrete floors, salvaged wood, and locally sourced materials and products underscore the aesthetic and ecological goals.


Above: In the master bathroom, the walls and tub surround are clad in teakwood — salvaged from an old boat, and sourced from TerraMai. Tub surround features precast concrete.


Above: In the guest bathroom, the floor tiles are from Heath Ceramics. The shower surround features a subway tile from Home Depot, while the vanity is topped with marble.


Above: To support the roof overhangs, timber posts were repurposed from the property’s 3.5 acres site. The exterior facade is clad with a mixture of stucco and reclaimed barn wood.



Photos: Kat Alves Photography

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3 years ago

Beautiful handmade metal tiles backsplash.