27 | 4220 Canterwood Drive | Build SMART | Single Family

Energy Efficiency made Simple

The Canterwood House Project: Unleashing the Power of Dreams

“None of us had ever done anything like this before and
it was a piece of cake!”

– Jacob Boyer, Owner and Builder

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary journey of the Boyer family as they ventured into uncharted territory to create their dream home. Despite their lack of prior experience, their determination and passion made the seemingly impossible a reality, leaving them with a sense of accomplishment that surpassed all expectations.

Nestled in the charming town of Kent, WA, the Boyer House Project stands tall as a testament to the power of perseverance and ingenuity. This single-family marvel, spanning an impressive 3086 square feet (220 linear feet), showcases a perfect blend of functionality and elegance.

With an astonishing air changes per hour (ACH) rating of 0.021ACH50, the Boyer House is a testament to its exceptional energy efficiency. Its exterior walls, meticulously crafted from 2X6 LSL with 3.5″ EPS and 2X8 Dimensional framing with 3.5″ EPS, epitomize the fusion of innovation and sustainability.

The Boyer family’s inspiring journey proves that with unwavering determination, anything is possible. Their story serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring homeowners, reminding us all that even the most ambitious dreams can be achieved. 

Delve deeper into the remarkable Boyer House Project below

The cost to build vs. the cost to live

On the surface it seems reasonable for people designing and building a new home to strive for the largest home their building site and budget can accommodate. Or is it?

It depends on whether your focus is on the cost to build OR the cost to live.

Homes that feature more square feet of conditioned space are subject to higher property taxes, and higher utility bills. Then there’s the cost of furnishing and maintaining square footage that may only get occasional use.

In the custom housing market today the trend is moving away from building bigger to building better. And as you build better houses -flexible living spaces that provide more comfortable, more energy efficient living conditions – the foot print of a new home tends to shrink.

So while your initial cost to build a 3000+ square foot house to code, vs. a higher performing 2500 square foot house may not decrease, your ongoing cost to live does.

Better built homes reward you with better health, lower taxes, reduced heating and cooling bills and reduced ongoing maintenance for the life of the home. These contribute to a higher quality of life.

So as you struggle to fit you dream home into a budget you can afford, remember that the challenge of funding the cost to build should be short lived. But the rewards of building better can last a lifetime.



Kent, WA

Project Type

Single Family


3086 SQFT | 220 LF

Air Changes Per Hour


Exterior Walls

2X6 LSL with 3.5” EPS | 2X8 Dimensional framing with 3.5” eps

Project Profile

Home energy rating Think Little

Self Assembled Construction

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