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.

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Wedgwood Kitchen

While this kitchen was never the prettiest, what really drove these homeowners to Mighty House was how it severely lacked any sort of functionality – from layout and cabinet style to lack of functioning outlets and poor storage, the homeowners found it nearly impossible to cook solo — never mind as a collaborative family effort!

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.

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AFTER

The original layout was quite traditional with its 3-point work triangle between fridge, sink, and stove, however, it severely lacked functional workspace. By moving the refrigerator just slightly out of the “ideal zone” they gained over 13 square feet of countertop. In actuality, the total functional counter space was doubled beyond that by replacing the poor storage capabilities of the 1950’s, narrow, non-adjustable shelf cabinets with durable, sustainably-manufactured, and locally-produced cabinetry from Canyon Creek.

Recycled Paper Countertops by Trea – made from post-consumer recycled paper and bonded with a petroleum-free, water based system. The material is strong, durable, hygienic, and resistant to staining and heat damage. Composite recycled paper countertops are environmentally friendly, elegant, and contribute to healthy indoor air quality.

Marmoleum, or natural linoleum flooring is very durable and made entirely from natural, readily renewable ingredients (linseed oil, rosin binders, wood flour, limestone, dry pigments , and a natural jute backing). Naturally resistant to bacterial growth it is a spectacular alternative to other sheet goods.

Other healthy home solutions include:

  • No-VOC paints
  • Low-maintenance finishes and appliances
  • Weather-resistant doors and windows
  • Mini-split ductless heat pump
  • Energy Star appliances

window and LED light next to refrigerator

Between opening the kitchen to the dining room to maximize light from those windows, replacing the back door with a glazed version, and adding a Solatube in the kitchen this project maximized the potential for daylighting their space reducing the need for mechanical illumination. The homeowners took it one step further and used LED bulbs throughout.

Project Spotlight: Blue Kitchen Ravenna

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!

Project Spotlight: 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.

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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.

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.

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.

See more photos of this project on Flikr

Project Spotlight: Modern-Retro Westside Kitchen

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

BEFORE

For a couple that uses their small kitchen as much as possible, a creative plan to open and lighten up the space was essential. Daylighting, enhanced storage, and a place to chill all added BIG functionality to the small-ish space.

Salvaged Ceaserstone countertops – from Second Use. Ceaserstone is a manufactured, highly- durable, no-voc, quartz (42% reclaimed) material produced with a high commitment to health and environmental considerations. Additional materials were salvaged or re-used wherever possible, such as the kitchen appliances, butcher block.

A staircase that was previously covered in treacherous tile is now a bright and cheery
blue Marmoleum flooring. Marmoleum (natural linoleum w/ jute backing) is made from mostly natural and renewable material that is completely non-toxic, anti-microbial, and super duper durable.

blue stairs

 

Project Spotlight: Artist Lofts in North Beach

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.

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.

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.

Project Spotlight: Columbia City DADU

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.

What would you do with the extra space of a backyard DADU?