Creative Corner: Solutions for Older Homes

Creative Corner: Solutions for Older Homes

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.

Artist Lofts in North Beach

Artist Lofts in North Beach

north beach artist lofts front

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.

Dold Cook Artists Loft

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.

North Beach Artists Loft Deck

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.

Blue Kitchen Ravenna

Blue Kitchen Ravenna

kitchen with blue door

Kitchens are the hearthstone of the home — a place to nourish, console, debate, love, and celebrate. After raising a family in this classic home, the kitchen had reached its limits. After research and design advice from their design team at Greenhome Solutions and builder Mighty House Construction, the homeowners were able to achieve their vision 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.

Creative, Budget Conscious Design – Farm sinks are unusual and beautiful but often not inexpensive – nor are the cabinets that fit them. Here, an IKEA sink and cabinet were used in conjunction with Canyon Creek doors to maintain consistency. The Katana line by Canyon Creek is offered at an excellent price point for people on a tight budget. Made in Monroe, Washington, in a state-of- the-art facility, the finish is completely cured when delivered to the job site providing excellent indoor air quality. Canyon Creek cabinets are available through Greenhome Solutions.

Reused Tile Backsplash – Reusing salvaged building materials is a sustainable alternative to buying new products. Salvaged materials greatly reduce natural resource consumption and landfill demand. A great alternative to buying new! The tiles used in this project were salvaged from a previous project on site.

Creative Salvage – Salvaging old materials is a great way to give your space character without opening your wallet. It’s also a way to mix old in with the new. This door to the basement was made with custom shutters repurposed from the previous owner’s own shutter business.

 

Which features of this kitchen might you implement in yours? Let us know!

Contemporary Wedgwood Kitchen @ NW Green Home Tour

Contemporary Wedgwood Kitchen @ NW Green Home Tour

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.

Deep Green Westwood Addition

Deep Green Westwood Addition

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.

BEFORE

AFTER

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.

dining room with stairs and orange walls

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.

Kitchen with teal backsplash

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.

Luckinbill Bedroom

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.

large front porch with wood panel ceiling

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.

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Modern Retro Westside Kitchen on the NW Green Home Tour

Modern Retro Westside Kitchen on the NW Green Home Tour

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.

Saturday April 29, 2017 | Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen at 3726 SW Austin St

Saturday April 29, 2017 | Westwood Addition at 9323 31st Place SW

Sunday April 30, 2017 | Contemporary Wedgwood Kitchen at 4008 NE 86th St

11am – 5pm | FREE TICKETS

Once awkward and dimly-lit, this Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen was creatively altered for improved use, better socializing, 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.

Updates include:

  • Locally produced Canyon Creek cabinets
  • Salvaged Ceaserstone countertops – from Second Use, with zero VOCs
  • Re-used materials that already existed in the home – such as kitchen appliances, butcher block, and tile on the walls in the bathroom
  • Blue Marmoleum flooring, that is non-toxic, anti-microbial, and durable
  • Creative plan to open and lighten up the space
  • Maximized amount of natural day-lighting entering the room
  • All around non-toxic and healthy finishes
  • Rather than a full bathroom remodel, these homeowners chose to make modifications to the existing room, saving money and materials from the landfill

blue stairs