Project Spotlight: Aging in Place in a Split Level

Sometimes sustainability is about enhancing the longevity of what you already have. This couple wanted to stay in the home, garden, and neighborhood they love as they look forward to aging. With modest updates and practical design by Sheri Newbold of Live Work Play, we were able to create an accessible space that will enable these homeowners to continue to live in and enjoy their home for many years to come.

A widened window in the master bedroom creates a comfortable sitting area to enjoy their garden and bird watch.

In the bathroom, we added grab bars, a fold down seat for bathing, and created a zero threshold shower. All light fixtures are energy-saving LED with dimmer switches.

Most important was how to get from the garage to the main floor of their 1960s split level home. The existing stairway would not work with a chair lift, so they chose to add a Garaventa elevator to make accessing the second story easy. They also wanted to widen the hallway and increase the width of two doorways to 36″ to access the master suite.

Check out more photos in our Flikr gallery.

Prepare Your Home for Winter

Before the weather gets too harsh, make sure you check the exterior of your home for any repair needs:

  • Gutters – clean them and ensure downspouts are effectively moving water away from your house.
  • Foundation – gaps in window caulking, cracks in masonry, or cracks around doors could signal the need for foundation repair.
  • Crawl space – check the condition of your moisture barrier and close crawl-space vents.
  • Hoses – detach outdoor hoses, drain the water, and move them inside before the first freeze.
  • Roof – make sure no shingles are missing or loose, look for dips, and consider an inspection if your roof is over 20 years old.
  • Don’t forget to check to see if your neighborhood storm drains are clear of debris.

Get Your Drains Ready for Rain

We can all do our part to help prevent flooding in our neighborhood by making sure street drains are clear of leaves and other debris. Here are a few tips from the folks at Seattle Public Utilities:

  • Avoid piling yard waste near the street where they can wash into drains. Put them directly into your yard waste bin instead!
  • Use a rake to clear leaves from storm drains to keep them from getting clogged.
  • Watch for traffic when clearing drains. Work from the curb, not the street and make sure children who want to help are supervised.
  • Report clogged drains and flooding to SPU at 206-386-1800.

More information and resources here.

Mighty House Presenting at Green Building Slam Nov. 3!

Join us on November 4th for an evening of inspiring stories at the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s annual Green Building Slam.  Not to be missed, there will be 10 projects, each with 10 minutes, and 10 slides! Mighty House is honored to be presenting our jury selected project alongside Parie Hines of LD Arch Design. Our presentation, Growing Pains: Creating a Sustainable Future for a Sweet Little Home, will be showcasing  our Westwood Addition that there are high impact green options for a variety of project types and budget sizes.

November 3, 2017

5:30pm – 10:30pm 

University of Washington – Kane Hall 

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Salvaged Finishes 101

salvaged finishes 101

Get salvagey with us at this completely FREE workshop! Discover how to bring your salvage project to life with finishings including trim, surfaces, hardware and beyond! Taught by our very own, Doug Elfline.

Saturday, October 21 | 11am-12:30pm

Second Use Building Materials | 3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

RSVP to adj@seconduse.com to reserve your spot.

 

Tips for a Beautiful Backsplash

The Seattle Times recently published an article highlighting the ways that simpler, subtler backsplashes are becoming more and more popular. Here are some of their best tips, alongside a Mighty House spin.

From The Seattle Times:

  • It’s worth hunting for high quality ceramic or porcelain.
  • Choose a neutral color or coordinate it with your countertops – you won’t get tired of it and neither will buyers down the road.
  • Get creative with shape or arrangement instead of color, like choosing hexagonal tiles or laying them vertically instead of horizontally.
  • If you cook a lot, be sure to stay away from big grout lines and marble so you won’t have to waste time scrubbing them down.

Additional thoughts:

  • A backsplash is not always required in a kitchen – depending on how you cook and clean. It’s also a feature that’s easy to add on later!
  • Glass tile is another great option and it’s even better if you can find it as recycled material or salvaged!
  • Natural stone, such as marble, is a mined non-renewable resource, so we discourage using it whenever possible.
  • Stainless steel behind the stove is easy to clean and has a simple, minimalist look.

Check out more backsplash inspiration on our Mighty House Flickr page and read the full Seattle Times article here.

Worthwhile Events: Fall 2017

This fall is packed with great events and workshops across the city. We look forward to seeing you around town!

Join us in Supporting Hurricane Relief Efforts

Over the past month, extreme weather patterns and record breaking storms have devastated countless families, friends, and neighbors in our hemisphere. As the climate changes, we will see these impacts worsening and continuing to hit the most vulnerable communities the hardest. Linked below are organizations that work to reach and support the most vulnerable in these trying times:

 

Power Tools 101 at Second Use

Doug with power tool

There is nothing better than having the right tool for the right job! Join us to discover the who-what-where-and-why of power tools with our very own, Doug Elfline!

This workshop is absolutely FREE and will teach you how to assess which tool is the right tool, how to plan your tool use, what safety considerations to be aware of, and how to troubleshoot potential problems through a short presentation followed by live demonstrations of popular power tools, a conversation on where to find them, and Q+A with the pros.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 11am-12:30pm
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Save Your Spot: email adj@seconduse.com

 

Join us for the Remodeled Homes Tour: October 21-22

We will be showcasing this gorgeous West Seattle Kitchen, Dining, and Deck Remodel on October 21st and 22nd during the Master Builders Association’s 2017 Remodeled Homes Tour. Join us!

This family of four is constantly on the go! From work and school, to sports and coaching and lots of around and about activities – any obstructions to their flow have a heightened level of annoyance. Re-orienting and opening the kitchen to the dining and living room along with a more gracious access to the expanded deck provides the flexibility and function they need … the updated aesthetic was icing on the cake!

This project included removing a wall that separated the kitchen and living spaces, reworking the kitchen layout to add an island and improved functionality, and updating finishes with sensible and sustainable solutions such as: locally-produced Canyon Creek cabinetry, no-VOC Ceaserstone countertops, patching and re-finishing the wood floor instead of replacing it, and locally-sourced and produced recycled glass tile that allowed for the homeowner’s creativity to shine. 

Working in tandem with the home’s existing assets, a desire for new and functional results, and a conservative budget, we were able to maintain the goals of minimal impact for maximum affect in how they live, play, and grow in their home.

We hope to see you there!

October 21-22, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

4137 49th AVE SW

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