NW Green Building Slam + Summit: October 26-27

NW Green Building Slam + Summit: October 26-27

Join us at this year’s NW Green Building Slam + Summit on October 26-27th! Mighty House is honored to be presenting on both days:

The Slam on Friday – One of the most fun and inspirational green building events of the year! Learn about 10 innovative, sustainable, high-performance “green” buildings that push the envelope in our built environment. Projects range from residential to multi-family to mixed use developments in the Seattle area.

The Summit on Saturday – A day of sharing, chatting, toasting and note-taking. An opportunity to step outside your daily routine, get inspired by our fantastic speakers, and connect with sustainable building professionals from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We’re looking forward to learning from one another, sharing best practices, and re-energizing our vision to drive the green building movement forward.

October 26-27 | UW Kane Hall

Register here.

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DADU in evening with lightsTWO TWEENS, ONE HOME BUSINESS, AND A MODEST CRAFTSMAN DIVE DEEP GREEN, presented by Laura Elfline, Mighty House Construction + Roy McGarrah, Living Shelter Design

This family had two tweens that needed their own bedrooms, and a home-based furniture business involving a lot of bulky inventory. They desperately needed more space!  The team soon realized that a DADU would meet all their needs. This would allow the clients to reclaim a converted bedroom and give each tween their own space, while creating a multi-functional building they can utilize for decades to come.

Green Lake Kitchen + Bathroom Transformation

Green Lake Kitchen + Bathroom Transformation

This Green Lake Tudor home was in desperate need of some updates. The kitchen and two bathrooms were severely lacking in function and style – making it hard for Steve to live happily in these heavy uses spaces. Team Mighty House to the rescue!

BEFORE:

old kitchen cabinets and stove

AFTER:

Canyon Creek’s Katana line of cabinetry and Ceasarstone countertops provide an entirely refreshed look for the kitchen, while also maintaining its classic aesthetic. The cabinets are locally manufactured, and both companies provide products with zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

BEFORE:

AFTER:

bathroom is dark with bright blue toilet and shower 

Cutting the shower wall down to half-height and adding a glass enclosure, gave the upstairs bathroom a huge boost in natural lighting. Colorful tile accents and a bright blue marmoleum floor, gave the space a new feel while also maintaining some of the original room’s pop of color. Marmoleum is a natural linoleum, that is durable, resistant to bacteria, and free of toxic byproducts.  Plus, this custom tile work was done in house by our resident Mighty House tile expert!

 

Another important element of maintaining the classic Tudor charm, was working with what we already had. Updating, reusing, and salvaging existing elements is also a great way to cut down on waste and extend the life of those items and save them from the landfill. In the first floor bathroom, we left the tub and checkered floor in place and found updated finishes to match. The vanity countertop material is also salvaged PaperStone, a material made from compressed recycled paper.

old shower with yellow walls new bath and shower with white tile

What kind of updates does your house need? Let us know and check out more images in our Flikr gallery.

4-Star Built Green DADU With A View

4-Star Built Green DADU With A View

This family had two tweens that needed their own bedrooms, and a home-based furniture business involving a lot of bulky inventory. They desperately needed more space! An innovative, 2+ story DADU (Detached Auxiliary Dwelling Unit) significantly expanded available living space, without tackling the structural challenges of increasing the existing home. Living Shelter Design Architects and Mighty House Construction collaborated on this project to include super energy-efficient building solutions; emphasizing healthy finishes for superb indoor air quality. Plus, it’s Built Green 4-Star Certified!

With total living space under 650 square feet, the expense of installing ductwork or a heat pump system just didn’t make sense. Instead, we chose cozy and efficient infrared radiant ceiling panels. Heated by an electric infrared coil, these units radiate energy down — heating the people and objects in the room directly. Spaces warm up faster & stay warm longer with very little electricity and zero maintenance, and no dust or allergens being blown around. Provided by Mighty Energy Solutions.

The DADU’s walls are filled with Havelock Wool insulation, and air sealed with “vapor smart” membranes. These membranes create an air barrier, but also allow trapped moisture to escape from the wall system. Sealing leaks in the building envelope is one of the best ways to improve energy efficiency and get the best performance out of your insulation. Havelock Wool insulation is as eco-friendly as it gets – it grows on sheep! Provided by 475 Building Supply.

Flexible, multi-use spaces help maximize square footage with a below-grade first level. The sunken patio and french doors, bring generous amounts of natural light to the DADU’s interior, and provide use of outdoor living spaces.

Recycled glass tile is produced on the West Coast by Oceanside Tile and Fireclay Tile. In 2103, Fireclay was the first company to recycle panel glass from CRT (the first 1/2” section of optical glass used in older computer monitors and TV sets) and incorporated it into an innovative line of lead-free glazed, glass tile. Oceanside provides 30% pre-consumer recycled glass content in their products.

The light shelf provides roof deck access and additional light in the stairwell and kitchen. Access to this top floor was custom designed by Living Shelter Design. This simple and innovative ladder uses a weighted pulley system to easily fold against the wall when not in use. When open, it is safe to climb and just as sturdy as a set of stairs.

Cork flooring is a rapidly renewable resource, as well as a sound and thermal insulator. This material is also anti- static, hypo-allergic, and completely impermeable. Other flooring in the DADU is FSC Certified Maple, which is plantation grown. It contains zero added urea-formaldehyde and zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds) adding to an even healthier indoor environment for occupants. Provided by Greenhome Solutions.

See more photos in our Flickr Gallery.

Reducing Waste from Seattle’s Building Boom

Reducing Waste from Seattle’s Building Boom

owner of dedicated deconstruction

Our current building boom in Seattle means a lot of old homes are being torn down. And there are lots of useable materials from these old homes that don’t always get put to best use. In fact, construction waste accounts for one-third of Seattle’s landfill total. Our friends at Dedicated Deconstruction are hard at work trying to change that. They make sure quality lumber, flooring, tile, and fixtures don’t go to waste. Every year the crew diverts about 20,000 tons of material from landfills!

Noel Strout and his crew are brought in on construction jobs by contractors concerned with minimizing job site waste. They then asses the site and salvage everything that’s useable, including lumber, fixtures, appliances, tile, and bricks. These salvaged materials can then be used on the next project or donated to salvage resellers. This process is a fantastic way to minimize the impact our remodel jobs have on the planet.

“You’d be hard-pressed to see someone throw away a truckload of gas, but they’ll throw away a truckload of gas’s worth of material without thinking twice” – Noel Strout, Owner

At Mighty House, we are proud salvage and donate/reuse as much material as we can on each project. Dedicated Deconstruction has been a great partner on our past projects and we look forward to continued work with them and other environmentally minded crews!Read the full Seattle Magazine article here.

Save Money on Heating + Cooling Costs

Save Money on Heating + Cooling Costs

As summer heat sets in, here are some simple, but effective ways to save money on your cooling costs now and heating costs during the winter:

  • Keep blinds and curtains closed to keep heat from the sun out during the summer
  • Leave the thermostat alone or install a programmable one, to avoid frequent temperature changes
  • Keep conditioned air inside – don’t run your kitchen and bathroom fans too often
  • Make sure your home is airtight – seal leaks in drafty doors or windows and add insulation where needed
  • Use nature’s energy to heat your home during the winter by opening blinds and curtains to let sun in during the day
  • Keep your HVAC system clean – change filters, and keep leaves and debris away from outdoor units
  • Replace or update your system if it is over ten years old – invest in Energy Star appliances

Read the original list, from Angie’s List here.