The Viking Houses are known for the many exceptional
features throughout the homes. Here are a few of the areas we focus on.
It is all about the details.
We teach carpentry in our prerequisite courses so that is our strength
on the jobsite. We endeavor to exceed
industry standards in building a home that discerning customers and
knowledgeable professionals can appreciate.
People often comment on our impressive level of detail in our finishes,
but the homes are just as impressive where you can’t see under the
The Viking Houses are among the most energy efficient homes
in the metro area using conventional materials.
Recent owners have told us their gas and electric bills average around
$100 per month combined. That is
remarkable for homes over 2000 SQ FT.
This is accomplished using the following methods:
2x8 Staggered-Stud Walls
We build a “hybrid” advanced-framed exterior wall that is
both strong and snug. The wall system
combines 2x8 plates with 2x4 staggered studs on 16” centers. The 2x8 allows for more insulation, typically
a blown in blanket system (BIBS), netting an R-30 or greater insulation
value. The staggered studs greatly
reduce “thermal bridging” and noise transmission. Example: Look at the frosty side of a home on
a cold morning, often every wall stud location is identifiable as a vertical
melted stripe. That is thermal bridging
and our walls greatly reduce it.
The most common heating method in our area is forced-air
natural gas. We make this method much
more efficient by keeping the furnace and ductwork mostly in the “conditioned
space.” That means no ducts in the attic
or crawlspace. They are instead designed
into inconspicuous areas, soffits, dropped ceilings in closets, etc. The result ideally goes unnoticed by the
occupant except in the form of drastically lower heating and cooling bills.
Extra Insulation and Air Sealing
Our homes in are insulated to exceed code in most
areas. This combined with air-sealing
methods after framing is completed help to reduce energy use.
Light and space are always a good thing, especially in
northwest winters. We use thermally
efficient skylights and windows to make sure the core of the home is always
well lit without always needing to turn a light on. Transom windows above interior doors are also
used when logical to provide a secondary source of light in rooms. Light from two directions is typically a
better quality of illumination and often adds to a cheerier atmosphere in the
Old School Meets New School
The Viking Houses are known for their traditional attention
to details and fine materials. We
generally use real cedar siding and solid hardwood floors. These products have stood the test of time
and add to a timeless feel. We combine
products like these with improved technologies in essentially water-tight house
wraps, advanced long-life roof shingles, stable solid surface quartz
countertops, and many other improved building materials.
A growing number in the population face mobility
issues. We try to incorporate a
universal approach to our home designs, with wider than code hallways and
doorways. This is also factored in our
decision to build only one-level homes with a minimum of steps. Mobility and accessibility also factor into
to our kitchen and bath layouts.