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Kellems Household

Kellems Household

For Chris and Dave Kellems, it all began with needing a new roof on her parents' quaint waterfront Sturgeon Bay cottage. When they contacted Virge to complete a preliminary assessment on the property in 2009, she determined it would be more cost effective to rebuild...

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Later-Field Household

Later-Field Household

What initially began as an untamed piece of property off bucolic Kinsey Bay Lane is now on its way to becoming Virge Temme's third Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified single family residential home. When Chicagoan couple Mary Field...

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ITHACA

ITHACA

A west-coast couple with a passion for sculpture and nature were drawn to a Midwest prairie, gravitating toward friends and a more central location for family to "come home."  Ithaca is so-named because it's "the place you long to return to..." The sculptural design...

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When Cold is Too Cold

Today I ordered a 250-gallon propane tank delivered to the jobsite, for a temporary "construction furnace" that's due to be installed next Tuesday.  There's no insulation in the house yet, and it might seem wasteful to heat the house now.  But it's necessary in order...

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Recognizing Our “Waste” Streams

As conscientious as we’ve always tried to be when it comes to selecting sustainable materials and methods in our projects, our first incursion into the world of design-build has made us realize that construction waste management is yet another puzzle to...

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Toasty Warm in the Modern-Rustic Log Home

    "Thermo windows working like a dream.  Harvesting all the solar warmth they can get on this sunny day!" In the midst of this Polar Vortex and sub-zero temperatures, it warms me to get these spontaneous client reports! The "Modern-Rustic Log Home" was built three...

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Comfort on a Cold Wisconsin Morning

I received the following e-mail this morning from the owner of a LEED Platinum near-net-zero energy home we built last year: Hey Virge, It's 5*F and -22* with the wind chill. The patio door at the kitchen with the shade closed is showing a 12* difference than when the...

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The SAGE House

In the Fall of 2015 I was challenged by a prospective homeowner to design a small home, near net-zero, stylish, and for $100,000 in construction costs.  I told him that given today's construction costs the prospect was impossible.  In fact, I originally called this...

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Upcoming Interview on Wisconsin Public Radio

Virge Temme will be a featured guest on the Larry Meiller Show, November 30, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.  The show will include an overview of LEED, Passive House and other green architecture programs, and Virge will offer advice to callers about how to make their new and...

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