West Side Second Story Addition

West Side Second Story Addition

Join us for a chance to tour what’s behind this West Side War-Box

May 4-5, 2019 on the the Northwest Green Home Tour! 

A typical West side war-box gets a Mighty Second Story! This addition is still underway – so it’s an exciting chance to see the “inside the walls” stage of the project. 

This family was living happily in their 1940’s war box home, but as they grow they are finding that their compact home was just a little too cramped. The West Side Second Story Addition was designed by Leo Smith Architect with the goal increasing square footage while preserving the first-floor bedrooms and bathrooms. Adding a dining room off the kitchen on the backside of the house with a 2nd-floor master suite, became the ideal solution; adding just enough square footage and gaining some stellar views of tree canopy and the Puget Sound in the process. 

475 High Performance Building Supply provided a modified Smart Wall System including cellulose insulation and smart vapor barriers provides a highly efficient envelope. “Glavel” – a recycled glass material – insulates below the foundation. Instead of replacing the flooring, the existing wood will be re-finished and added onto for a seamless flow. We also worked to minimize scope and cost creep by maintaining the existing kitchen mostly as-is. 

Infrared radiant ceiling panels by Mighty Energy Solutions provide an efficient and cozy heat source throughout the addition. Hardie siding and Borel trim make for a super durable exterior. The existing deck of the home was recycled. The addition’s finishes will include a repurpose antique furniture for the master bath vanity, LED lighting throughout, VOC-free interior paints, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. 

IN PROGRESS – stay tuned for more photos!

Happy 10th Anniversary to Mighty House Construction!

Happy 10th Anniversary to Mighty House Construction!

We can’t believe a whole decade has passed! 
This picture was taken just about six months after the company started; the *wondertwins* were in preschool and are now in 7th grade! 
 
We are endlessly grateful to all our customers that allow us to shine and our trades partners that help us do so. As would be expected, the number of ebbs and flows the company has endured and enjoyed is extensive. Though the one constant force has been and continues to be our unyielding dedication to bringing solutions that result in happier, healthier, more sustainable homes. Doug, Laura, and the whole Mighty House team look forward to the next 10 years of creating small and large shifts that improve how families live, play, and grow in their home. Cheers!

Mighty House Anniversary Donation: LIHI’s Tiny House Program

Mighty House Anniversary Donation: LIHI’s Tiny House Program

Every year Mighty House makes an anniversary donation as one initiative towards supporting the greater community. This year we focused that donation to the Low Income Housing Institute of Seattle.

Over the past several years LIHI has developed nine tiny house villages in Seattle and more recently, are in Olympia. Together they will serve approximately 1000 people annually – including familites with children as well as individuals – with housing and services to help the community more out of homelessness.

LIHI is currently raising matching funds for their Tiny House Village Program through USA’s Today’s “A Community Thrives – CrowdRise Campaign”. If this campaign is successful, LIHI will become eligible for a grant between $25,000 and $100,000 to continue their incredibly impactful work addressing the homeless problem in our region.

DONATE HERE! 

Phinney Kitchen Remodel

Phinney Kitchen Remodel

A few years back, the owners of this Phinney Ridge home completed a fantastic addition that, however, left the old kitchen untouched, leaving it cut off from the dining room. Mighty House Construction, with the help of Entero Design, just completed this beautiful remodel that opened up the space without changing the original footprint of the kitchen. Now, the flow between the dining room and kitchen is expansive, inviting, and much more practical.

The kitchen includes cabinetry by Canyon Creek Cabinet Company that is notably low-VOC and locally made. Beautiful, man-made, quartz countertops that are heat-resistant and non-porous from Cambira were installed. The kitchen also includes custom, wood feature pieces created from salvaged wood. The flooring of the kitchen was finished with tile and was installed throughout the kitchen and the dining room.

More photos pf this beautiful kitchen remodel found here

The 20 by 2020 Challenge

The 20 by 2020 Challenge

The 20 by 2020 Challenge is a local campaign to promote the development of 20 Passive House or net zero energy projects of 20,000 square feet or larger in King County by the year 2020 next year! The good news is that Zero Net Carbon buildings can make economic sense today. Passive House construction is a cost-effective means to revolutionize building energy performance, particularly for larger buildings. Many of the pioneering Passive House buildings in the US have been affordable housing projects. By establishing an ambitious energy target and using science-based design and modeling, Passive House buildings reduce energy consumption by as much as 75%. Couple this with rooftop solar or a contract for green power, and you’ve got a Zero Net Carbon building.

The 20 by 2020 Building Challenge will provide “proof of concept” that Passive House can propel our shift to a carbon-sustainable future. Passive House is the world’s leading standard for energy efficient construction. It combines building enclosure efficiency and passive solar strategies in a system for designing and building cost effective, comfortable, energy efficient buildings.

The major components of a Passive House include:

  • Super-insulated envelope
  • Ultra-high-performance windows
  • Airtight construction (0.6 air changes / hr at 50 Pascals)
  • Eliminating or reducing thermal bridging
  • Heat-recovery ventilation
  • Using passive heat sources (solar of course, but also equipment, lighting, and occupants).

Learn more here!