“Forget Me Not” utilizes natural, local, sustainable materials to create a house that is open, warm, and energy efficient. This preliminary plan addresses your spacial needs in a way that flows organically both inside and out. Natural lighting is key to this design as are the dramatic views afforded by the carefully placed glazing; not so much that heat loss is be a major concern, and not too little as to shut out the outdoors. During the cold winter nights, operable insulated shutters can be closed to lock in the days heat gain. Large open spaces provide room for family gatherings while more intimate spaces such as the den, breakfast nook, and the second floor balcony accommodate more private gatherings. The earth sheltered northern wall and adjoining Green roof sheets high winds off to the south and provides added insulation and shelter to the home. Outside, an expansive upper deck grants sweeping views of the river and the bay, below, a natural stone patio ties the house to the surrounding landscape where evening fires can be enjoyed while listening to sounds of falling water through the trees. Radiant heating throughout maintains consistent comfort levels and provides the opportunity to adjust heating to localized zones. “Forget Me Not” is a design that works with its natural surroundings, ties itself into the landscape, and celebrates the most important aspects of this project, the people and the place. Thank you for this opportunity to help you create a home you will love, we look forward to your comments.