April 28-29, 2018: NW Green Home Tour

April 28-29, 2018: NW Green Home Tour

The 2018 NW Green Home Tour is right around the corner: April 28 – April 29, 2018. And this year’s tour is shaping up to be better than ever! For the 8th out of 8 years Mighty House is excited to be showcasing a project on the tour. Our DADU With A View in Ravenna is currently in progress, but will be finished very soon! This innovative 2+ story DADU is green-roof ready and is pending Built Green 5 Star certification. Get your tickets here. Important note: our project will only be open on Sunday April 29!  

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Designed by Living Shelter Architects, this project includes super energy-efficient building solutions with an emphasis on healthy finishes for superb indoor air quality. Here are a few of the features we’re most excited about: Insulated concrete forms (ICFs), insulating foam glass gravel, wood-fiber exterior insulation and wool interior insulation, a passive HRV system and infrared radiant heating.  Bamboo floors, no-VOC paints, and locally produced cabinetry add to the project’s overall health and sustainability.  The DADU will also have a green roof ready area above the second floor!

Our project will be open Sunday April 29 ONLY!

 

Shout outs to Dunn Lumber, 475 Building Supply, Mighty Energy Solutions, Windows Doors & More and all our trades partners for working hard to make this project flow with ease. See you there!

 
Free Workshop: Doors + Windows 101

Free Workshop: Doors + Windows 101

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Join us for a FREE Workshop on using Salvaged Windows and Doors in your project on April 7th from 11-12:30 at the Second Use SODO store.

Our very own, Doug Elfline will guide you in assessing your window and door projects to see if using salvaged materials is an option, demonstrate how to choose appropriate salvaged windows and doors, and share tips for proper installation and maintenance.

This event is free and open to the public and includes a 10% off coupon for same day cabinet purchases at Second Use. Please RSVP to maryanne@seconduse.com at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

Saturday April 7, 2018

11am-12:30pm

3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134

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Dark Green Kitchen in Green Lake

Dark Green Kitchen in Green Lake

Nancy and James originally reached out to Mighty House because they wanted to work with a contractor who had a strong commitment to using salvaged materials. MHC was the only contractor they spoke to who was willing to reuse the existing cabinetry and meet their budget constraints. Finding a contractor with high sustainability standards was really important to them!

BEFORE

Keeping the character of their existing cabinetry was also extremely important. The design plan required re-locating some of them and adding cabinets to where the refrigerator had been. This made it unreasonable to reuse the base cabinets, but we were able to reuse all the upper cabinets. We played with several ideas  – should the new ones be starkly different to stand out? Or perhaps we should mimic the look with a semi-custom cabinetry line (like Canyon Creek). In the end, neither of those options really did justice to the house or matched the style – which really mattered to the homeowners – so we went with custom cabinet maker, Cabinetworks.

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Additional green and eco-friendly choices included:

  • Custom built eating nook bench – made by local manufacturer
  • Painted cabinets – no need for fancy imported wood or finish
  • Upgraded to new, more energy efficient appliances including an Energy Star certified dishwasher and refrigerator
  • Natural Marmoleum flooring that is non-toxic, anti-microbial, and durable
  • Pental Quartz countertops – low-VOC and chemical emissions

 

 Check out more photos of this project in our Flikr gallery.

Free Workshop: Salvaged Cabinets 101

Free Workshop: Salvaged Cabinets 101

Salvaged cabinets are one of the most popular ways to incorporate reclaimed materials into a remodel. Like most salvaged material, working with salvaged cabinets presents many rewards, as well as a few challenges.

Join our very own Doug Elfline on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Second Use Building Materials SODO to gain an understanding of how to shop for salvaged cabinets, prevent common installation mistakes, identify the different types and parts of cabinets, and determine what type of cabinets are the best fit for your project.

Please RSVP to maryanne@seconduse.com at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

Saturday March 10, 2018

11am-12:30pm

3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134

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In Support of the Duwamish Tribe

In Support of the Duwamish Tribe

Those of us lucky enough to live and work in the Greater Seattle area have the Duwamish Tribe to thank as the original owners and stewards of this land. The Duwamish were finally granted federal recognition by the Clinton administration only to have it revoked by the Bush administration and therefore have been denied the resources given to many other tribal communities. The Real Rent Duwamish Campaign encourages individuals and businesses in our community to give back and offer our support to the Duwamish. Please consider joining Mighty House and others in our community in saying thanks.
Join us! And read more from The Stranger here.