My Favorite Tiny House

Bark House Poplar Bark in tiny house with steampunk industrial light fixture
My favorite tiny house is one that you rent as an Airbnb / VRBO or have as an extra space for visiting guests.  Otherwise, the market research reflects that owners find them challenging to live in full-time, and they do not hold resale value as a standalone home.  However, they are cute and present the … Continued

Environmental Building News

From the article: Bark Cladding is First Cradle to Cradle Platinum Product Cradle to Cradle Platinum Certification sets a very high bar for sustainability. A decade in, Bark House shingles are the first to make the grade. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) was the first certification to attempt to define in 2005 what sustainability might look … Continued

Ben and Jerry’s / Playhouse

Ben’s Cabin Sally Friedman purchased Ben Cohen’s Cabin (of Ben and Jerry’s) that was located adjacent to her home and “reimagined the handmade home in paradox”. She refurbished the cabin and created a whimsical retreat. “The back porch is perched over a waterfall and has a birch tree growing through it. The windows are salvaged … Continued

Designing a Business Beautifully – Inspired By Nature Part 1

Healthy Buildings Start with Pure Materials – Sourced and Manufactured Responsibly Cradle To Cradle Material Health PLATINUM Certificate Products with the Bark House® brand have been designed following nature’s inspiration since company inception in 1990. Bark House® Poplar Shingles and Wall Coverings are 100% natural and pass California Air Quality VOC Standards.  The bark of the tree is naturally designed to provide … Continued

Wilderness Heroes

River through Linville Wilderness where Bark House staff hiked this March 2016
Back in January, my brother Eric called and wanted a backpacking trip arranged for the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area for late February. He and I used to through hike that place a lot but it had been 25 years since our last trip. Ryan and Matt here at the office got wind of it and … Continued

A GRAND LEGACY

All Saints Episcopal Church, Linville, NC
Project: All Saints Episcopal Church Plus Five Residences Architect: Henry Bacon, AIA – 1895 Location: Linville, NC Style: Beaux-Arts with Rustication and Bark Shingle Treatments Product Integration: Chestnut Bark Shingles, The Predecessor To Bark House® Poplar Bark Shingles Architect Awards:  Gold Medal Presented by President Harding For The Design Of The Lincoln Memorial, Among Others At the end … Continued

gb&d Magazine Features Bark House® Poplar Bark Shingles

Project: Child’s Play at U of Chicago Childcare Center Architect: Larry Kearns, AIA, Principal, Wheeler Kearns Architects , Chicago, Illinois General Contractor: Leopardo Companies Magazine or Media Feature: gb&d Magazine Blog: gb&d Material World Location: University of Chicago, Childcare Center Style: Modern-Rustic / Urban-Nature Product Integration: Poplar Bark Shingles , Laminated Project Awards: 2015 – USGBC Emerald Award / Green Building Innovation, 2014 – National AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Excellence Award, … Continued

POSITIONED AMONG TREES

Bark House Bark Panels - Meditch Murphey Architects
Project:  Trees on the Roof Architects: Meditch Murphey Architects General Contractor: Design/Build Location: D.C. Area Style: Modern, Sustainable, Residential-Home Office Product Integration: The Bark House® at Highland Craftsmen Inc®  Poplar Panels | Exterior and Interior Project Awards: Washingtonian Award | Washington, DC Chapter of the AIA | Tree House, Washington DC | AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Awards 2014 Magazine Articles: Architecture DC, Summer 2015  ( view pdf version ) |  ARCHITECT, the Journal of the American Institute of Architects  Continued