MBA 2017 REX/T-REX Awards Banquet. Winner: Green Remodeling Project, Mighty House Construction. Photo by Alabastro Photography.
Last month, we were honored to accept the 2017 REX Award for Green Remodeling Excellence from the Master Builders Association! We had an incredibly fun evening and would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our staff, partners, supporters, and awesome clients who made our winning project, the Deep Green Westwood Addition, possible! We truly couldn’t do our work without you! This project implemented beautiful and innovative design solutions, advanced heating and ventilation, and creative reuse and salvaged materials.
Summer is just around the corner! To keep your home in tip top shape, here are a few tasks to make time for this season:
- Prep for cooling season by cleaning ceiling fans and filters in air conditioning units
- Install blinds (interior or exterior) to reduce the need for cooling systems
- Stop the majority of summer dirt from entering your home with both an interior and exterior walk-off mat
- Check for rot and any mold/mildew or pests in your basement, deck, and attic
- Save money and energy by installing an outdoor clothesline and hang-drying your sheets, towels, and clothes in the sun
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly
- If you didn’t get to washing your windows during the spring, now’s your chance
- Have your roof and gutters cleaned
- Plan and implement a summer schedule for landscaping and watering your lawn and plants
- Clean and test (or consider professional service!) for the following: your range hood, bath fans, sump pump, wood stove, sprinkler system
Sustainability is often about creativity and working with what you’ve got. This is especially the case when remodeling older homes, many of which were not built with modern kitchen design or location in mind.
At this home in Leschi, the existing kitchen windows were lower than standard counter height. Our solution was to create a window-well behind the sink. This allowed the windows to stay in place, while also reducing cost, minimizing landfill waste and preserving the home’s old world charm.
See more photos of our kitchen remodel projects here.
As reported in the PCC Sound Consumer, there is a currently a heated debate on whether or not hydroponic produce (grown without soil) should be considered organic. The argument is that while hydroponic produce can be grown less expensively and with fewer inputs, many proponents of organic farming believe that soil is a central part to maintaining biodiversity and promoting healthy plants, animals, and humans.
We found the debate interesting – read more here.
Join us on May 6 for a FREE workshop at Second Use! Our very own Doug Elfline will guide you in assessing window and door projects to see if using salvaged materials is an option. He will also demonstrate how to choose appropriate salvaged windows and doors and share tips for proper installation and maintenance. These free workshops fill up so be sure to RSVP!
Saturday May 6, 2017
11:00 – 12:30 PM
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Did you know that across the country, about 9 BILLION gallons of water are used for watering gardens and lawns every day?! By using the same practices that save water in the summer, we can keep our waterways and salmon healthy in the winter and spring. At the Natural Yard Care Series, King County provided tips for keeping rain gardens, watering the right amounts at the right times, and the benefits of compost and mulch. Making small changes in the ways we care for our gardens can have a big impact on our neighborhood waterways.
Read more here.
Join us for the 2017 NW Green Home Tour! This year we will be showcasing multiple sites on both Saturday and Sunday. A Westwood Addition, a Wedgwood Contemporary Kitchen Remodel, and a Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen.
Sunday April 30, 2017 | Contemporary Wedgwood Kitchen at 4008 NE 86th St
Saturday April 29, 2017 | Westwood Addition at 9323 31st Place SW
Saturday April 29, 2017 | Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen at 3726 SW Austin St
11am – 5pm | FREE TICKETS
While this kitchen was never the prettiest of kitchens, what really drove these homeowners to Mighty House was how severely it lacked any sort of functionality – from layout and cabinet style to lack of working outlets and poor storage, the homeowners found it nearly impossible to cook solo (never mind as a collaborative effort) in their kitchen! With a substantial shift in layout and only a few inches of change in footprint, their designer provided a concept that has revolutionized how they nourish themselves and socialize in their home.
Updates include: New, locally-produced, sustainably manufactured cabinets, colorful marmoleum flooring, innovative and cost-saving LED lighting solutions, Trea composite paper countertops, two Solatubes for enhanced daylighting, new, more weather-resistant door, no-VOC paints, and re-purposed glass from windows for cabinets doors.
The goal for this DEEP GREEN Westwood Addition designed by LD Arch, was to transform a typical Seattle war-box home into one that is intriguing, yet approachable with a modern, super-functional design for an expanding family.
Mighty House added a second story with a master bedroom and bath, a family sized porch, and a kitchen refresh. The family had an eye on choices to increase comfort, efficiency, and a healthy indoor environment that also made budget sense. The result, is a beautiful two-story addition that includes simple and complex sustainable building solutions suitable for projects of all sizes.
The floor plan of the existing house was largely untouched, but the the thoughtful design of the addition allowed the second story and new porch to complement it with a new modern aesthetic and improved functionality.
Recycled glass tile, locally produced cabinetry with non-toxic construction, and an existing oak floor refinished with a water based finish, gave this kitchen and dining space a completely new look with very few new materials.
The south-facing windows high on the wall of the upper floor allow sunlight to wash over the ceiling and into the space, creating a naturally bright and welcoming master suite. Infrared Radiant Ceiling Panels provide a cozy, efficient heat source without impeding furniture placement or blowing dust and allergens around. And a Solatube in the master closet greatly reduces fabric-damaging UV rays while maintaining all the benefits of daylight.
Salvaged front porch ceiling paneling, reuse of existing siding on the new structure, and reusing the old front porch as the back are just a few of the creative ways we minimized resource consumption & gave new life to old materials.
See more photos of this project on Flikr