It’s still a ways off, but we’re already getting excited for this year’s NW Green Home Tour from the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. The 2017 tour will be the seventh annual event that brings together thousands of visitors, helps educate the public on green building, and lets you get into homes and experience real-life sustainable solutions in person!
We will be co-hosting a site on the tour with LD Arch Design. The Westwood Addition project features DEEP GREEN solutions and infrared radiant ceiling panels. More information coming soon!
Once awkward and dimly-lit, this Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen was creatively altered for improved use, better socializing with a place to sit, and enhanced storage in an inviting and lovely space. This project showcases stunning and colorful sustainable solutions for big functionality in small spaces.
For a couple that uses their small kitchen as much as possible, a creative plan to open and lighten up the space was essential. Daylighting, enhanced storage, and a place to chill all added BIG functionality to the small-ish space.
Salvaged Ceaserstone countertops – from Second Use. Ceaserstone is a manufactured, highly- durable, no-voc, quartz (42% reclaimed) material produced with a high commitment to health and environmental considerations. Additional materials were salvaged or re-used wherever possible, such as the kitchen appliances, butcher block.
A staircase that was previously covered in treacherous tile is now a bright and cheery
blue Marmoleum flooring. Marmoleum (natural linoleum w/ jute backing) is made from mostly natural and renewable material that is completely non-toxic, anti-microbial, and super duper durable.
After having their first child, this artistic couple decided they needed more space for their creative pursuits than their small home could offer. They also wanted to find a sustainable solution that would have minimal impact on the property, lifestyle, and the planet.
Two Stories of Space – The two-story structure provides the maximum additional space for artistic pursuits, but with a minimal footprint on the property and maximum efficiency
for life-work balance.
Reclaimed Barn Wood – All of the siding for the artists lofts is reclaimed from a barn that had been de- constructed in Bothell. Additional materials from the barn include: old floor joists used for breezeway between the studio and house and for accents on the front of the structure.
Creative Solutions – As evidenced by the artworks on the wall, neither artist create small works yet they really wanted a spiral staircase. The challenge that arose was how to get the large artworks down a spiral staircase. The artists creatively decided a hidden slot in the second story floor would give them the ability to slide larger paintings through, avoid the stairs altogether, and keep the aesthetic they desired.
Salvaged Staircase – Utilizing salvaged materials not only provides an opportunity to breathe new life into old items, but also to get creative with their implementation.
The spiral staircase, sink, and skylights were all salvaged and re-purposed.
You wouldn’t know it just by looks, but this kitchen is about to receive a Mighty House treatment! Beyond better integration of the dining and pantry area… Beyond value-engineering that please the eye and the pocket book… we’ll be using several products that are manufactured healthfully with the intent to do less harm to environment and humans, for the products full life cycle.
One of those such products is a countertop made of compressed paper and resin. Luckily, the top three composite paper counters are locally manufactured with locally-sourced paper. Paper countertops like Trea are super dense and strong, making them as durable and luxurious as stone, but warmer and simpler to manufacture. They simply need wiping and oiling to be maintained and can be evenly sanded to look completely new. They are a beautiful capstone to any kitchen and a multitude of other solutions.
Call us to learn more or stop by one of our supplier partners, Greenhome Solutions, to take a look at all the solutions in one place! Plus, stay tuned for photos of the finished project!
Join us on Saturday, February 11th for a free Tile 101 Workshop from 11:-12:30pm at Second Use in SODO. Our very own Doug Elfline will walk you through the best practices for working with tile, from choosing the best tile for your space, to handling tricky spots. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to cut, set, grout, and seal tile as well as 10% off their day-of Second Use tile purchase.
This workshop is free and open to the public, but limited to 30 attendees. Please RSVP to email@example.com at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.
The homeowners live in a very small home and decided to convert their garage into a detached auxiliary dwelling unit (DADU) to be able to house guests, host parties, but also to simply GET. MORE. SPACE!
Mighty House Construction believes, it’s not always about making the most green choice, it’s about knowing all the options and finding the greenest solution that balances need, budget, and aesthetic. The design originated with Mark Johnson of Signal Architecture and was then collaborated on with Mighty House Construction and the homeowners resulting in unique detailing and creative solutions in every square foot of the space.
Longevity – Building for sustainability means considering current and future needs when designing a space. Right now the DADU needs a simple kitchenette, but the homeowners thought ahead to aging in place and designed the DADU as a multi-use space with a
kitchen that will be useable by a caregiver or other on-site family.
Budget Conscious Kitchen – Although the materials used for the kitchen aren’t high on the eco-conscious scale, they kept the project within its budget. Because of these cost-efficient choices, the homeowners were able to maximize their investment in the green-ness of the other features and more quickly invest in more solar.
“Wet Room” Bath – The bathroom is designed so that everything in it can get wet! This means that square footage is maximized within the bathroom and the rest of the DADU. The “skinny” sink and towel nook commanded a custom cabinet built by MHC staff on-site for a perfect fit.
Multi-Functional Space – A Murphy bed folds into the wall and can then function as a dining space. Features like this make this DADU functional for anything from an art studio or expandable party space, to guest quarters or a quiet place to escape for cat naps. Every design choice was made with an uber- flexible space in mind.
Salvaged Materials – The pendant lights were purchased from Second Use Building Materials, which means they were salvaged from another project. By renovating the garage, we also repurposed the space itself. Reusing and repurposing is a great way to minimize resource consumption and breathe new life into old materials.
Creative Daylighting – By including skylights, Solatubes, and a huge west-facing entry door, we were able to maximize the natural light entering an otherwise dimly lit room. Taking advantage of daylight also reduces the amount of mechanical illumination needed for this space. The homeowners took it one step further and used LED bulbs throughout.
What would you do with the extra space of a backyard DADU?
We are so excited to be participating in the Northwest Remodeling Expo again this year! And as a special treat for those who follow our work here at Mighty House, we are able to offer free tickets. Just print, or download the attached ticket – no limit on how many times you can copy it. See you this weekend!
Join us at the Northwest Remodeling Expo on January 13, 14, and 15th! Mighty House will be hosting a booth (alongside our sister company, Mighty Energy Solutions) at the Washington State Convention Center. This is an incredible opportunity to connect with designers, contractors, and suppliers whether you’ve got a project underway or are just considering future possibilities!
The show will also feature:
Home Improvement Seminars There’s a huge range of topics to learn about this year! Some that we’re particularly looking forward to are “Solar Works! The truth about costs and benefits in the Pacific Northwest” and “Emerald in the Rough – Discovering Green Remodel Opportunities.” Check out the full list here.
Artisan Showcase A new highlight at the show this year! Local artists will be showing and selling unique items for your home. You can preview some of the artwork here.
“Designer Matchmaker” These sessions will allow you to take advantage of FREE consultations with northwest designers. More info here.
At Mighty House Construction we believe that you don’t need need radical change to make a radical shift in how you live, play, and grow in your home. Sustainable makeovers are about small, sticky changes that you can sink your teeth into and make a big difference.
Watch as Mighty House’s Co-Founder, Laura Elfline, presents at the Green Building Slam on this Spanish Bungalow in Madrona. What started as a simple kitchen remodel became a project that would enable a family to increase the livability of their home, enhance their energy conservation efforts, and balance the circle of life. Then, check-out more pictures from the project in our gallery.
You would hope that keeping our homes free of bacteria and dirt would be simple. But it turns out that there can be a surprising number of toxins in the products that we use to keep our homes clean!
The EPA has just made it easier than ever to choose products in the store that are free from harmful chemicals. This rating also takes into account a product’s impact on the environment in terms of packaging waste, water use, and more!