Mighty House Honored w/ Green Remodeling Excellence Award!

 

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.

Mighty House Celebrating Seven!

Doug and Laura turned the key to start Mighty House Construction seven years ago. Like most seven-year-olds, we’ve totally hit our stride, while still being versatile enough to challenge the establishment ways of thinking. Each anniversary we donate to a nonprofit that is driving effective programs in sustainability or building. This year it’s a non-profit doing both!

 

Sawhorse Revolution helps high school students build confidence and character, while also providing them with hands on carpentry training. Professional builders and architects lead the students in projects that allow them to engage and improve their communities. Laura came across Sawhorse Revolution, while participating in a panel with the Low Income Housing Institute discussing improvements on heating and ventilation for LIHI’s housing for homeless. The intensity of Sawhorse Revolution’s programs, and outcomes – social, environmental, and community – are impressive

 

Read about Sawhorse Revolution’s work building tiny houses to end homelessness.

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 NWGreenHomeTour.org

Following Purpose

If you are anything like us, you make a lot of tough choices about how you spend your time. Make sure those choices reflect your priorities and your values, and you really can’t go wrong.

For us, this means advocating for sustainable, healthy living whenever and wherever possible.

At Mighty House Construction, it was a busy summer engaged in several projects, from bath remodels and insurance work to basement finishing, sizable additions, and much more! We’ve been making community appearances such as West Seattle Summer Fest and SolarFest.

Doug also served as a building advisor for the Seattle Design Festival. The Pop-Up! Street Furniture has been making appearances all around Seattle and getting lots of accolades!

This fall is just as exciting. We hosted the “Ask an Expert” booth at Second Use’s Fall Festival in September and are gearing up for our session on integrating salvaged Windows and Doors on October 25.

TODAY, we are holding an open house so that people can experience our crazy amazing (and affordable) radiant ceiling panel heating system. Come by if you can – no need to RSVP.

And last but definitely not least, Laura is co-chair of the fundraising committee for PathFinder Elementary’s Playground Project as well as the co-chair of the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s 2014 Green Building Slam, coming up in November. Busy – it’s how we like it!

Great Design = Sustainability

One of the keys to sustainability is great design. When things are designed and built well, we hold onto them, use them, pass them down through the generations, and repair them when they need it rather than throwing them away. And when they are designed to be beautiful as well, it makes it so much easier.

Mighty House Construction is getting a chance to flex their design muscles this summer, as consultants and assistants on the building of pop-up furniture designed by LMN Architexts and other design professionals for the Seattle Design Festival’s Festival Block Party, September 6-7 at Occidental Park. The design festival is a program of the AIA Seattle and our project, being utilitarian, is being considered for a more permanent site.

Doug and Laura are no strangers to design. Did you know that Laura has a background in art and Doug studied interior design? They are honored to have been asked to participate and are looking forward to the fun results.

Click here to see more photos of the furniture-building process.

 

Learn from Mighty House

Mighty House Construction is taking on the roll of educator this July at a plethora of community events! This is a great opportunity to pick our brains about potential home upgrades and our experience working with particular products and materials.

Hope to see you there!

The 2014 NW Green Home Tour was a Huge Success!

The 2014 NW Green Home Tour was WONDERFUL! It was a beautiful day, and with more than 30 sites, there was a lot to see and do!

Mighty House was proud to host two sites on the tour this year:

BruceGHTOur personal residence, A Mighty Efficient Remodel, featured a progressive remodel with tons of energy upgrades, a bathroom remodel, new cisterns and dozens of eco-friendly details to inspire and delight. We had professionals from Green Depot (finishes and materials), Artisan Electric (solar installation), EarthSystemsNW (cisterns), Habitat Audits (energy auditing), NW Natural Lighting (solatubes), and Ducoterra (radiant ceiling heat manufacturer) helping make this location an informative and energetic site.

Although most visitors were coming just to get ideas and inspiration, a few came specifically to see the radiant heat panels we have used throughout our home and are now representing with our new company, Mighty Energy Solutions.

DSC04264Our other site, a Broadview Kitchen Remodel was another huge hit. Co-hosted by the remodel’s interior designer, Entero Design, the kitchen and adjoining rooms offered a warm welcome to visitors with their fresh and healthy finishes, pleasing colors, and open layout. Thank you to 4Evergreen Countertops (countertop solutions), Artisan Electric (solar installers) and Silicon Energy (local solar panel manufacturers) for helping make this location a great opportunity for tour goers to learn.

We really appreciate the opportunity to participate in the NW Green Home Tour each year, and thank all of our visitors for taking the time to come out. We also owe a huge thank you to Tom and Rebecca for opening up their home to the masses.

Wonder what fabulousness we will put on the tour next year…!?

5 Years and Counting!

March earmarks the birth of Mighty House Construction. We are so blessed that our business has been exponentially growing through these last few (financially challenging) years. Lately, we have noticed a rebirth of confidence in our communities’ future and it seems like we are all thinking more strategically and more sustainably than ever before.

Thank you for your trust in us – we are really excited about the future of our company and the ever-strengthening movement towards sustainable living.

This Isn’t Your Nana’s Backsplash!

Back in the 60’s, homes had few backsplash choices. Usually they just came with a 4″ laminate border to match the countertop, and it was considered “good-to-go.”

These days, customers have a myriad of choices – from keeping it simple by choosing the same material as the countertop to making a statement with a custom-designed tile mosaic, or even not installing one at all.

We are currently making over the kitchen of a fantastic 1960’s house and are excited to be working with beautiful recycled glass tiles made by Bedrock Industries. Although these tiles are a little more expensive than if our clients used non-recycled tiles, the impact they make in the design of the space and for the environment is tremendous.

 

Save the Date – The Green Home Tour is ON!

For the 4th year, Mighty House Construction will be participating in the NW Green Home Tour; this year we will be sponsoring and hosting two homes!
The tour is a great opportunity for the public to check out green and sustainable building options in use, talk to homeowners and builders, and prove to themselves once and for all that it isn’t all straw bale and hemp!
Mark your calendars for April 26, 11am-5pm. nwgreehometour.org.