Garden Kitchen Addition

Site Description

FEATURES: Advanced Building Envelope, Energy Efficient, Indoor Air Quality, Materials Efficiency, Small Square Footage

 

 

Sometimes a small targeted addition can make a world of difference. In this case the just-right-sized addition enlarged and updated an older cramped kitchen and created a gracious connection to the back garden for a family that loves cooking and hosting garden parties. This home’s original small kitchen was showing some wear, and the stairs out to the back were narrow and not connected to the kitchen, so having people over for outdoor events was awkward. With a small addition that expands the kitchen and rebuilds the stairs, the kitchen is now large enough for parties and has a good connection to outdoors for entertaining. The “bump-out” addition provides better natural light and ventilation, so that the heart of the home can be a bright and welcoming space. The avid gardener homeowners also have an easy spot to peel off dirty shoes and clothes and store away small gardening tools. Although this is a small addition, there were still several opportunities to build with healthy and energy-efficient materials. Whether your project is big or small, here are some potential strategies you can choose to make your home greener:

  • Quartz counters by Ceaserstone – Manufactured, highly-durable, no-VOC, stain and heat resistant, quartz countertops are produced with a high commitment to health and environmental considerations.
  • Locally-manufactured cabinetry – Local sourced products reduce carbon impact and are made with healthy sustainably harvested materials.
  • Local sustainable butcherblock – The kitchen island is topped with sustainably harvested Pacific Northwest wood butcherblock.
  • Salvaged live edge wood shelves and bench – The shelves and bench are made from salvaged alder wood, thoughtfully crafted to highlight the beautiful natural edge.
  • Energy efficient windows – These wood and fiberglass windows match the original house window style with modern energy efficiency, providing excellent natural daylighting and ventilation.
  • Vapor Smart Air Barrier Wall – The new walls are 2×6 wood stud wall and air sealed at the interior and exterior of the wall with “vapor smart” membranes. These membranes create an air barrier, but also allow trapped moisture to escape from the wall system. Sealing leaks in the building envelope is one of the best ways to improve energy performance – a well-insulated but leaky wall does not perform as well as the R-value listed for the insulation.
  • No VOC Paints – Superior quality no VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints ensure the highest indoor air quality
  • No wasted space – Every square inch is thoughtfully utilized to get the most out of this compact addition. Where the footprint would not allow a full-depth cabinet, there are shallower cabinets that provide storage for smaller items. And the former staircase is now home to the refrigerator, a small pantry, and a storage closet at the entry level.
  • Creative solutions – The cabinets are installed “tetris style” to create useful storage at the kitchen level on one side and down a few steps on the other side at the backyard entry level.

MHC and 2nd Use Present: Salvaged Cabinets 101 with Doug.

Thinking about starting a kitchen remodel this year? 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 Doug Elfline of Mighty House Construction 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. This is a taped workshop that was presented live via Zoom on Saturday, February 27th, 2021. This workshop was presented by:
Second Use Building Materials – https://www.seconduse.com/
Mighty House Construction – https://mightyhouseconstruction.com/
For information on how to shop reuse for your design – 0:30. 1:12:30 General design terms – 2:00 Kitchen remodels with salvaged cabinets examples – 4:30 Info on painting cabinets – 11:20 Staining – 29:20 Info on installing cabinets – 16:30, 36:20 Info on creating kitchen islands – 33:45 Info on unique countertop integration – 44:15, 52:55 Info on cabinet hardware: hinges & drawer glides – 47:45, 1:02:30 Tips on shopping for Cabinets at Second Use – 1:15:20

Kitchen and Master Suite Renovations in Bryant

Kitchen and Master Suite Renovations in Bryant

Barb and Jeff were unsatisfied with their existing kitchen. It had low-functionality with super limited counter area and funky storage solutions.

They also were desperate for a comfortable master suite. There was already a attic space that included a bedroom, though the way it was laid out with an awkward sitting space just didn’t fit the bill nor did it have a bathroom – something that seemed more essential every day as they anticipated family moving in with them alongside their growing child.

Since good friends of theirs had used Mighty House in conjunction with Parker Home Design to complete their kitchen remodel – it was an easy choice for them to bring this team to their home.

The Kitchen

The original kitchen layout severely lacked functional countertops and cabinets. It also posted safety concerns with the stove installed right next to the doorway without any countertop separation. Our team developed a new layout design that created more space to reinstall the stove with countertops on both sides by pushing back the plumbing wall. The new kitchen also features stunning sustainable solutions, such as locally-made and VOC-free cabinetry, heat-resistant and non-porous quartz countertops, and a beautiful Dutch door.

The Master Suite

On the second story, an underutilized space at the top of the stairs separated the master bedroom from the bathroom. Mighty House Construction and Parker Home Design successfully collaborated to convert the entire floor into a practical, cohesive, and comfortable master suite with a master bathroom, plenty of closet space, and beautiful new wool carpet on the stairs and the redesigned connective space. The new master bathroom is tiny but mighty, fitting all the amenities into a small space without sacrificing beautiful features like tile flooring and shower surround and cabinetry to match the home’s aesthetic. The attic work also included a ductless heat pump in the master bedroom, infrared radiant heat in the master bath, and improved insulation to significantly increase both the energy efficiency and comfort to the delight of the homeowners.

Love Your Kitchen, Love Your Family Remodel

Love Your Kitchen, Love Your Family Remodel

Join us for a chance to tour this beautiful kitchen remodel in Ballard

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

This family was unhappy with the layout of their existing kitchen. They needed a new kitchen that encouraged social cooking within the family, better storage solutions, and more counter top space. The goal of the project was to create a space where, while one person cooks, the other can occupy the same space to keep each other company.

Through the collaborative efforts of Entero Design and Mighty House Construction, we worked within the existing footprint of their kitchen to create a space that fit their design aesthetic and their personal needs. Entero Design worked with the clients to develop a kitchen layout that encouraged socialization between the couple and incorporated a variety of sustainable finishes and materials to make the space unique. To gain more kitchen space, the unconditioned back porch was enclosed and incorporated into the kitchen space, enlarging the kitchen by a few feet.

 

Mighty House Construction handled the construction process for the project. We were able to keep the pre-existing exterior stairs and reuse the interior kitchen doors. The old flooring was replaced with Marmoleum, a natural linoleum made from linseed oil and mixed with other natural products on a jute backing. The new counter tops are made from Paperstone, a solid surface counter top made from recycled paper, and the newly installed cabinets are from Canyon Creek, a local cabinet company in Monroe, WA whose wood products are Carb2 compliant. The beautiful new back-splash features Bedrock Recycled Glass tile made in Seattle from 100% recycled glass product. The space also features newly installed LED overhead lighting, and under-cabinet lighting from  Northwest LED.

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!

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