Salvaged Doors + Windows at Second Use

Second Use Building Materials is hosting our own Doug Elfline, for a FREE education session on working with salvaged doors and windows. Doug will guide attendees in assessing 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.

Saturday, July 11
Second Use Build Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
RSVP‘s appreciated but not required.
Drop in any time!


Tips for a “Cool” Summer Home

When heat waves hit the Pacific Northwest it can be tough to stay cool in homes designed for a temperate climate! Here are some tips to help release the heat!

1. Close Your Windows

This may seem counter-intuitive, but closing your windows will help keep cool air in and hot air out. You can open them back up at night when the temperatures drop but then close them in the morning before leaving the house.

BONUS: Get a window fan that blows hot air out in the early evening & brings cool air in over night.

2. Let Nature Be Your Air Conditioner

With the help of fans of course! Strategically place fans throughout your home and open windows and doors to create a cross breeze if the air outside is cooler than inside. They have window fans that will work in both directions so you can blow hot air out and cool air in.

BONUS: Put a shallow bucket of ice in front of the fan, take caution of the water created from the melted ice.

3. Eat Cool

Turning the stove or oven on will only increase the temperature in your home. Eating cold foods for dinner such and salad or gazpacho can help to keep your core temperature down as well as your home temperature. If you do want to eat hot food the grill is the best way to go so all the heat will stay outside.

4. Hang Out in all the “Cool Places”

If you’re lucky enough to have shaded areas in your home or yard, or super luck and have a below-ground basement, try to spend most of your time in these spaces. That might mean moving y our computer to the kitchen table for the day, folding laundry in the living room, or prepping your dinner on the patio.

BONUS: Open windows + doors across rooms from each other to create a cross breeze.

Save the Date – Greenlife @ Summerfest!

Mighty House Construction and Mighty Energy Solutions will have a tent at the GreenLife festival for the 3rd year running! GreenLife is sponsored by Sustainable West Seattle, as part of the West Seattle Summer Fest and this sustainability expo features local businesses with a focus on green and sustainable practices. Our very own Laura Elfline will be presenting, Smart Home Greatness, on the GreenLife stage Friday, 2pm and she would love to see you there! The Mighty tent will be set up Friday – Sunday. Stop by any time to check out some photos of our recent projects, test out our radiant heat panels, and play giant Jenga then check out the petting zoo!
Friday July 10 – 12
Friday/Saturday, 10-6
Sunday, 10-5
California Avenue between Edmunds + Alaska
P.S. If you miss Laura’s presentation this Friday you can catch it @ NW SolarFest 10am on the NW EcoBuilding Guild Stage

Mighty House + Mighty Energy to host Eco-Hour

Mighty House and our sister company Mighty Energy Solutions are co-hosting Eco-Hour with Second Use Building Materials later this month! Eco-Hour is a networking event, organized by NBIS, which focuses on connecting and promoting northwest leaders working at the intersection of business, innovation, sustainability, and community. This is a great place to build relationships with like-minded peers, share ideas, and learn about the activities NBIS and others are carrying out to promote sustainable and profitable business in the region.

Thursday June 25
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. The cost is free for NBIS members and $15 for non-members. You can RSVP here.

Save the Date: Skagit Power Tours

If you’re interested in getting a behind the scenes look at where your electricity is coming from the Skagit Power Tour is a great opportunity to get inside a powerhouse and see hydropower at work. These tours are lead by park Rangers and naturalist guides from Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute. Tour sizes are small and book up quickly so sign up soon if you’re interested! Learn more here.

Cork: Green Building Material of the Month

Cork, commonly known for its use as a wine bottle stopper, is also a fantastic green building material. Cork is made from the outer bark of the cork oak tree which can be found in the Mediterranean region. A typical tree produces several hundred kilograms of cork at each harvesting and will survive for many generations. Cork is harvested on a sustainable basis. Unlike other trees, stripping the cork bark from the tree does not harm the tree, in fact a cork oak tree can be safely harvested 20 times during its life cycle. This rapidly renewable resources makes cork an ideal sustainable building material.

This by-prouct of wine corks is a recycled material that can have many building applications. Cork is naturally fire retardant, impermeable, hypoallergenic and resistant to wear. The value of cork is further enhance by its low conductivity of heat, sound and vibration making great flooring applications for rooms with cold floors or reducing sound transfers on second story additions. In addition to cork flooring there is also cork roofing, exterior walls, interior walls, insulation and ceiling. One of our favorite cork material producers is ThermaCork. Visit their website for more information.

Homestead Community Land Trust

In celebration of each Mighty House anniversary we make a donation to an outstanding non-profit in the area. We like to give back to this community which has given so much to us.  There are so many organizations doing such great work it makes it very difficult to choose. In celebration of our 6th year in business we have chosen to donate to Homestead Community Land Trust.

Homestead’s mission is to empower individuals, stabilize families, and strengthen neighborhoods by creating and preserving affordable home ownership opportunities for low to modest-income homebuyers in the Seattle area. Through this program individuals and families are able to achieve homeownership and stay in their community – ever increasingly areas they may have otherwise been forced to leave due to rent increases. Homeownership helps to increase financial stability for these families because their resources are no longer tied up in commuting, paying high rent, or relocating frequently. And unlike the traditional housing market, homes purchased through Homestead remain affordable for every new buyer even when the previous owner decides to sell. Each dollar spent on a Homestead home is a lifetime investment towards sustainable homeownership and community stability. What is not to love about that! Learn more here.


Power Tools 101 @ Second Use, 6.13.15 | 11-12:30

Join Doug + Laura Elfline on Saturday, June 13 for a free Power Tools Demonstration. If there is a specific tool you have in mind ask Doug ahead of time at info@mightyhouseconstruction so he can try to accommodate your request! Learn about power tool safety and the applications of difference tools to help your become a professional DIY’er! This informal presentation will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get tips for your projects. We hope to see you there!

NW Green Home Tour, April 25-26

Come one come all! Together Mighty House Construction and our sister company, Mighty Energy Solutions, are co-hosting two homes on the 2015 NW Green Home Tour! This year tour sites south, central, and east of downtown locations will be open Saturday with north sites open Sunday.

Westside Remodel and Heat Conversion, April 25. Young Architecture designed a simple and sweet, 2-story, energy efficient addition to give this family a little breathing room. Mighty House was not the general contractor (although did encourage some finish selections) but rather our role was advisory in implementing a hybrid heating system (infrared heat panels coupled with a ductless heat pump). Come experience this cutting edge system. There is much to learn and be inspired by from this home. — Saturday, Apr 25, 11am-5pm, 3443 49th Ave SW, Seattle

Blue Kitchen Ravenna Renovation, April 26. Kitchens are the heartstone of the home. After raising a family in this classic home, the kitchen had reached its limits. In partnership with the homeowner’s vision and Greenhome Solutions design team, MHC carpenters helped the homeowners achieve their goals of an updated kitchen that not only met their dark green renovation goals but also would sustain their needs and give them an enjoyable, beautiful space to sip their morning coffee. —Sunday, Apr 26, 11am-5pm, 5708 26th Ave NE, Seattle

These homes will be open to the public free of charge from 11am-5pm. For more information about these sites and others on the 2015 NW Green Home Tour visit

Designer Spotlight: Greenhome Solution’s Design Team

Greenhome Solutions is a local business that supplies eco-friendly and healthy building products. They are passionate about the environment, conservation, design, and sustainable building practices. In addition to having a showroom and online store for their products they also offer design services.

Meet the retail sales team:
Tess Robins: showroom manager and all around designer
Cara Davis: kitchen, bath, and cabinetry designer
Drew Billings: woodworking design specialty
Stephanie Borden: design specialist

All of them plus their wholesale sales team work with homeowners, contractors, and builders in the showroom to help choose materials that not only look good but also perform well and are appropriate for each specific situation.

We appreciate the passion the Greenhome Solution’s staff brings to the work – not only in “selling” but also helping people to choose products that are non-toxic and durable, from local, renewable, reclaimed or recycled resources. They are careful about appropriateness of the materials, how they’re installed, and maintenance.

One of Mighty House Constructions and Greenhome Solutions collaborative projects is being featured on the NW Green Home Tour.