Project Spotlight: Aging in Place in a Split Level

Sometimes sustainability is about enhancing the longevity of what you already have. This couple wanted to stay in the home, garden, and neighborhood they love as they look forward to aging. With modest updates and practical design by Sheri Newbold of Live Work Play, we were able to create an accessible space that will enable these homeowners to continue to live in and enjoy their home for many years to come.

A widened window in the master bedroom creates a comfortable sitting area to enjoy their garden and bird watch.

In the bathroom, we added grab bars, a fold down seat for bathing, and created a zero threshold shower. All light fixtures are energy-saving LED with dimmer switches.

Most important was how to get from the garage to the main floor of their 1960s split level home. The existing stairway would not work with a chair lift, so they chose to add a Garaventa elevator to make accessing the second story easy. They also wanted to widen the hallway and increase the width of two doorways to 36″ to access the master suite.

Check out more photos in our Flikr gallery.

Mighty House Presenting at Green Building Slam Nov. 3!

Join us on November 4th for an evening of inspiring stories at the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s annual Green Building Slam.  Not to be missed, there will be 10 projects, each with 10 minutes, and 10 slides! Mighty House is honored to be presenting our jury selected project alongside Parie Hines of LD Arch Design. Our presentation, Growing Pains: Creating a Sustainable Future for a Sweet Little Home, will be showcasing  our Westwood Addition that there are high impact green options for a variety of project types and budget sizes.

November 3, 2017

5:30pm – 10:30pm 

University of Washington – Kane Hall 

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Join us for the Remodeled Homes Tour: October 21-22

We will be showcasing this gorgeous West Seattle Kitchen, Dining, and Deck Remodel on October 21st and 22nd during the Master Builders Association’s 2017 Remodeled Homes Tour. Join us!

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.

We hope to see you there!

October 21-22, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

4137 49th AVE SW

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CoBuying as an Affordable Housing Solution

As housing prices in the Puget Sound Region continue to climb, folks are coming up with innovative ways to put homeownership within reach. CoBuying involves unmarried couples, friends or family members buying a home together and sharing a mortgage payment. And it’s on the rise! There are even services like GoCoBuy.com that will help you through the process. More here.

 

News in the Solar Industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it Sunset for Solar Incentives?

The solar industry has relied heavily on government rebates and incentive programs to put the costs of purchasing and installing a system within reach for many homeowners. However, federal incentives are set to start declining in 2019. Initially Washington State programs were scheduled to follow suit in 2020, but now many solar companies are breathing a sigh of relief that the state legislature recently passed a bill extending those incentives through the year 2030. Hopefully, this extension will allow customers and businesses to “wean off” the incentives instead of having to jump off a cliff just three years from now! Read more from The Seattle Times.

Solar Roof Tiles now Available from Tesla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tesla is no longer only in the business of electric cars. Their recently released solar roof tiles provide homeowners with the ability to create an all around carbon reduction in their home. While these solar tiles are expensive, the overall cost of a solar roof will likely be less because of the significant energy savings over the lifetime of your roof. Additionally, Tesla is offering a guarantee that they will replace /repair any tiles for lifetime of your home or infinity (whichever comes first). Taking these factors into account means that a solar roof can cost as little as $21 per square foot. Check out the Solar Calculator here.

Support Solar with your Checking Account

Did you know that you can promote solar energy in Washington with your debit card? Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union is now offering a Green Rewards Checking account, which is free to sign up for, earns cash rewards for you, and helps fund their socially responsible banking actions! This year, the credit union will be donating to Puget Sound Solar. More info here.

Save the Date: Remodeled Homes Tour on October 21-22

It’s never to early to mark your calendars for the Remodeled Homes Tour presented by the Master Builders Association! This year the tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday October 21-22, 2017 and Mighty House is excited to be hosting a site again this year.

We will be showcasing a kitchen, dining, and deck remodel here in West Seattle. Stay tuned for photos and more information!

Find Salvage Inspiration with Second Use

At Mighty House, using salvaged materials is one of our favorite ways to minimize the impact of our projects on the planet. By incorporating reclaimed pieces in your home you can save money while also keeping those items from going in the landfill. Plus, they can add unique style and character to your space.

Did you know that Second Use Building Materials offers an easy way to shop for reclaimed items and materials? Head over to their online Inspiration Gallery to see what inspires you!

 

Worthwhile Events: Summer 2017

We’re looking forward to these events, workshops, and conferences this summer. Join us!

Weekly: Neighborhood Farmer’s Markets 

July 13: Planning for Equitable + Sustainable Growth

Advocating for Living Wage Green Jobs & Internships

Though last week’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement left many of us feeling hopeless it can also serve as a reminder of our ability to innovate and create a sustainable future on a local & national level despite federal policy. This summer, we are highlighting environmental work in our community that puts people and equity at the center. And there’s no better place to start than with Got Green, a grassroots community nonprofit based in South Seattle, that is working for climate, economic, and racial justice.

An impassioned group of young people at Got Green, known as the Young Leaders in the Green Movement have been successfully waging a campaign to increase the number of dignified, living wage green jobs for young people of color in Seattle. In fact, last fall they saw a huge win when the Seattle City Council passed the Green Pathways Resolution that will kickstart the effort by creating a definition of “Green Jobs” for our city that includes both environmental impact and social equity! Stay updated here.

 

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.