A few weeks ago we notified neighbors that there would be some construction noise this month at one of the houses in their neighborhood. Kids growing out of space is the official reason to get this project underway, but actually getting started was a dream that was a long time coming. The expanded views that this remodel second story accesses are stunning and that extra space is nice with a good sized family. What has been just imaginations figment is starting to take shape and form. It is amazing how fast the projects get going once all the mise en place is done. Photos courtesy of neighbor, Larry!
We’re not suggesting you scrap the central air (or we might, though that is a different article). Another way to cut your energy use dramatically and simply is by installing pure, natural, wool carpeting. True our first flooring suggestion is for hard surfaces, though when carpet is queen, wool is an incredible insulator from cold as well as a natural air conditioner – really! Wool has an ability unlike any other natural or man-made fiber to absorb moisture from the air — absorbing up to 30% of its weight in water without even feeling damp. Absorbing moisture during periods of high-humidity and releasing it when conditions are dry helps keep the indoors comfortable any time of year, naturally.
Many carpets, even those made with recycled fibers, claim low toxicity though most are highly processed and are highly likely to off-gas in your home for years to come. Wool carpets don’t need the chemicals and processing to be fabulous. Just like with foods, stick with whole “ingredients” and you can’t go wrong.
Some of our favorite suppliers for wool carpets include Major Brands Floors, Greenhome Solutions, and Entero Design.
Mighty House challenge: take your commitment up a notch and insulate your home – or at least bedroom walls – with wool insulation. Contact us to learn more!
Image from Major Brands Floors
As you have probably heard, Punxatawney Phil has seen his shadow and we have another month and a half of winter assigned to us. Great. It is actually quite a pleasure to be following innocent, non-news about a groundhog and not another emergency.
The sun setting later and later, is a reminder that the season is changing. The dogs appreciate the extra walking time and increased focus on getting outside. Of course, February is also good at reminding us it can still pack a wintery punch. No days off for remote workers or scholars this year, though the snow is still nice to transform the landscape for a few days.
We had the opportunity to get up to the mountains for some snowshoeing a couple weekends back. Getting a break from everyday rushing around, and being enveloped in a world covered in white was the balm our family’s collective souls needed to embrace another busy week, finishing up a 2nd-story addition, continuing work on a basement ADU while preparing to start another, all the while working away on a kitchen while talking about all the potential in store for our company in coming months. It’s a lot to juggle sometimes though we wouldn’t trade the work (nor the play) for the world.
One manner in which we experience our surroundings is by framing it with language. The room is big or small, filled with light or damp and dark. The living room, the den, the guest bath, the kid’s bedroom, and of course lots of other descriptors.
One of the things that is important to us is to create a home (and a world) that works inclusively for all. And sometimes to do that, we need to change the language we use to frame our work (and the world). To that end, Mighty House has been working on changing how we describe the biggest bedroom or bedroom suite in a house. “Master Suite” is a patriarchal term – in which the “master” was always a man. Master obviously also has a historical connection to slavery and discrimination. From our research, it is less clear that the term Master Suite was common during slavery; regardless though it is recognized as an exclusive term that could be triggering for many.
In an effort to help build more inclusive language in our industry, we are trying to refer to the largest bedroom or suite as the Primary Bedroom/Suite. The change isn’t easy – in fact, it’s hard! For one, it is habitual language. It is also a term most homeowners and professionals still use it and since it is imperative to use common language for clarity, it can be hard to implement later in the design process. Obviously racism and discrimination in housing won’t be eliminated by changing this term, however it will help to bring more rise to the conversation. We have an ask: when you meet with design professionals or have service people to your home, try using “primary” instead of “master” when referring to that space… change has to start somewhere.
If you are interested in this exploring this change, Sidney Franklin, in the August NY Times
, wrote an engaging article about the evolving label in the New York real estate brokerage communities. And, regardless of how we refer to it, we’d love to help you make your primary bedroom or suite more Mighty. Contact us
to discuss how to get started with your ideas.
Fresh eco-friendly solutions for your pandemic-inspired projects
Jan. 28, 2021 at 6:00 am
By JiaYing Grygiel
“People are spending more and more time inside their homes,” says Laura Elfline, co-founder of Mighty House Construction in West Seattle. “Now, in the middle of a pandemic, that’s even more true. So it’s more important to have toxin-free spaces in your home.”
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Consider the humble backyard cottage. Its name conjures up images of a cute grandmotherly abode nestled in deep green foliage. Indeed, this generally small and unassuming dwelling might seem more like a quaint guesthouse than a permanent place someone would choose to live. But people have been happily living in them for years and soon a lot more people-including people you know will be living in them, as well.
Read the full article here: Much Ado About ADUS by Laura Elfline