BEFORE the Remodel
BEFORE the Remodel
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.
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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.
Project of the Month: View Ridge Bathroom
A bathroom is one of the most high functioning and utilized spaces in the home. It often serves as a multipurpose room for relaxing in the tub, preparing for your day, or even escaping from guests and family members for a few moments. Which is why it’s so important to have a bathroom that makes use of its space in a smart, efficient, and hardy way. Mighty House has had the honor of renovating several bathroom remodels over the years. One of our recent remodels was in a 1960’s home in View Ridge. This bathroom was a long narrow room with a marbled Formica countertop, dark-wood, and old-school fixtures. Picture your grandmothers bathroom, but with only a sink and toilet.
Brandt Design Group worked with us to create this bathroom. We turned this half bath into a full bathroom by adding a shower and replacing fixtures to be more water conscious. The cabinets were custom build by Cabinetworks, a local Seattle builder with Caeserstone countertops. We included specialty design attributes such as tile from Ann Saks to ad flair to the space without interfering with it being a hardworking space for a family of 4.
Colin’s firm, Brandt Design Group is a Seattle based firm “where “green” design is good design”. This firm focuses on art and function to create beautiful, grounded spaces. They have a holistic approach to sustainability and work towards smart, efficient, and thoughtful design. We have been proud to work on several of their projects.
Our clients, Audrey and Dave, had a flat roof covered in tar and were looking to beautifully maximize their 360 degree view atop Magnolia while also being functional and eco-friendly.
A rooftop deck is much more susceptible to sun and stress than typical backyard decks partly because there is no house and fewer trees to block rays during some daytime hours. The roof needed to be able to withstand intense sun and weather conditions all year long, all while maintaining its beauty and stability. Audrey and Dave were also looking for a way to clean under the deck, so that leaves and dirt wouldn’t begin to collect weight and moisture.
A parquet-style deck made of a medium-weight ironwood was the best solution. Parquet-style tiles can each be removed to allow for cleaning underneath the deck. Although the ironwood has to be brought in from overseas, there are no Northwest bugs or mold that can eat or destroy it, nor will it split or break-down in extreme weather the way cedar would, making it a wonderful solution that will last a very, very long time. The result is a beautiful, durable rooftop deck that increases Audrey and Dave’s living space with fairly low environmental impact.