Salish Way

The Salish Way Cooperative was completed in two stages. The first stage was completed in 2015—three homes for three women and three children. The architect for these net-zero homes was David Vandervort and the total cost was $525,000.

Two of the homes are studios at 440 sq. Ft. and the third is our standard 890 sq.ft. for a 2 bedroom flex. The houses have a 6.5 KW roof-top photovoltaic systems and AirTap hot water heat pumps.

Four interns worked on the project. One of the homeowners, Catalina Kohring, a single mother who has lived on Lopez since she was eight years old, says that having her home enables her to raise her four year old daughter in the same place where she grew up and across the way from her daughter’s grandfather and three uncles. “It makes me feel more rooted in the Lopez community.”

Salish Way – Phase II

The Salish Way Cooperative – Phase II was completed in 2019 and provides permanently affordable homes for 3 additional Lopez households including a caregiver/artist, tradesman and local schoolteacher plus her kid. The architect for these net-zero homes was David Vandervort and the total cost was $595,000.

The homes are 680 square feet 1 bedroom flex.  The houses have a 6.5 KW roof-top photovoltaic systems and AirTap hot water heat pumps.

The build provided summer internships for 2 college students, volunteer opportunities for 35 individuals, 2 summer youth programs and 1 out of state  public school program as well as gainful income for more than 25 local tradespeople. “It’s hard to describe the visceral upwelling of gratitude I am living in each day as I see my little home grow out of the ground,” shared homeowner Kristen Ryan. “It is not without commitment, hard work and sacrifice on many people’s part that these housing opportunities are an option for us. This whole experience has been a community effort.” One of these cottages will be on the LCCA Home Tour the fall of 2019.