April 28-29, 2018: NW Green Home Tour

April 28-29, 2018: NW Green Home Tour

The 2018 NW Green Home Tour is right around the corner: April 28 – April 29, 2018. And this year’s tour is shaping up to be better than ever! For the 8th out of 8 years Mighty House is excited to be showcasing a project on the tour. Our DADU With A View in Ravenna is currently in progress, but will be finished very soon! This innovative 2+ story DADU is green-roof ready and is pending Built Green 5 Star certification. Get your tickets here. Important note: our project will only be open on Sunday April 29!  

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Designed by Living Shelter Architects, this project includes super energy-efficient building solutions with an emphasis on healthy finishes for superb indoor air quality. Here are a few of the features we’re most excited about: Insulated concrete forms (ICFs), insulating foam glass gravel, wood-fiber exterior insulation and wool interior insulation, a passive HRV system and infrared radiant heating.  Bamboo floors, no-VOC paints, and locally produced cabinetry add to the project’s overall health and sustainability.  The DADU will also have a green roof ready area above the second floor!

Our project will be open Sunday April 29 ONLY!

 

Shout outs to Dunn Lumber, 475 Building Supply, Mighty Energy Solutions, Windows Doors & More and all our trades partners for working hard to make this project flow with ease. See you there!

 
Dark Green Kitchen in Green Lake

Dark Green Kitchen in Green Lake

Nancy and James originally reached out to Mighty House because they wanted to work with a contractor who had a strong commitment to using salvaged materials. MHC was the only contractor they spoke to who was willing to reuse the existing cabinetry and meet their budget constraints. Finding a contractor with high sustainability standards was really important to them!

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Keeping the character of their existing cabinetry was also extremely important. The design plan required re-locating some of them and adding cabinets to where the refrigerator had been. This made it unreasonable to reuse the base cabinets, but we were able to reuse all the upper cabinets. We played with several ideas  – should the new ones be starkly different to stand out? Or perhaps we should mimic the look with a semi-custom cabinetry line (like Canyon Creek). In the end, neither of those options really did justice to the house or matched the style – which really mattered to the homeowners – so we went with custom cabinet maker, Cabinetworks.

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Additional green and eco-friendly choices included:

  • Custom built eating nook bench – made by local manufacturer
  • Painted cabinets – no need for fancy imported wood or finish
  • Upgraded to new, more energy efficient appliances including an Energy Star certified dishwasher and refrigerator
  • Natural Marmoleum flooring that is non-toxic, anti-microbial, and durable
  • Pental Quartz countertops – low-VOC and chemical emissions

 

 Check out more photos of this project in our Flikr gallery.

Free Workshop: Salvaged Cabinets 101

Free Workshop: Salvaged Cabinets 101

Salvaged cabinets are one of the most popular ways to incorporate reclaimed materials into a remodel. Like most salvaged material, working with salvaged cabinets presents many rewards, as well as a few challenges.

Join our very own Doug Elfline on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Second Use Building Materials SODO to gain an understanding of how to shop for salvaged cabinets, prevent common installation mistakes, identify the different types and parts of cabinets, and determine what type of cabinets are the best fit for your project.

Please RSVP to maryanne@seconduse.com at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

Saturday March 10, 2018

11am-12:30pm

3223 6th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134

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Free Tile 101 Workshop

Free Tile 101 Workshop

Join Second Use on Saturday, February 10 for a free Tile 101 Workshop from 11-12:30 PM at the Second Use SODO store. 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. He will demonstrate how to use equipment such as tile saws, mortar, trowels, and spacers as well as how to maintain your tile. 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 maryanne@seconduse.com as soon as possible to reserve your spot. 

Saturday February 10, 2018
11 AM – 12:30 PM
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

 

 

Free Passes to Remodeling Expo!

Free Passes to Remodeling Expo!

Mighty House and our sister company, Mighty Energy Solutions, will be hosting one extra-mighty booth at the NW Remodeling Expo! You’ll find us at booth #1014 on January 5-7, 2018. Just print out the file below for your free tickets and join us at one of the best opportunities to connect and learn from contractors, suppliers, and designers. Not to be missed if you’re considering a remodel project!

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 “Solatube vs. Traditional Skylights,” “Solar Works!” and “Designing a Healthy Home on a Budget.” Check out the full list here.
  • “Designer Matchmaker” These sessions will allow you to take advantage of FREE consultations with northwest designers. We’re especially excited to have our booth stationed next to Entero Design and Living Shelter Architecture. More info on the matchmaker sessions here.
  • Artisan Showcase Local artists will be showing and selling unique items for your home. You can preview some of the artwork here.

 

Friday January 5, 12pm – 7pm

Saturday January 6, 10am – 7pm

Sunday January 7, 11am – 7pm

Washington State Convention Center

Halls 4EF 800 Convention Place

Seattle, WA 98101

 

Aging in Place in a Split Level

Aging in Place in a Split Level

Sometimes sustainability is about enhancing the longevity of what you already have. Ralph and Jeanette 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 small, cantilevered addition for a sitting area along with a widened window in the master bedroom creates a comfortable sitting area to enjoy the garden and bird watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most important was how to get from the garage to the main floor of the 1960s split level home. The existing stairway would not work with a chair lift, so we 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.

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In the bathroom, we installed grab bars, a fold down seat in the shower for bathing, and created a zero threshold shower stall. A dressing table for resting while getting ready for the day was also added. All light fixtures are energy-saving LED with dimmer switches. The designer also collaborated closely with Ralph and Jeanette to create a custom tile layout using neutrals with blue accents for a handsome design that works in tandem with other fixtures.

Check out more photos in our Flikr gallery.