by mightyhouse | Feb, 2019 | Living
The term pocket neighborhood sometimes referred to as “bungalow courts” or “cottage clusters,” was first coined by Ross Chapin of Ross Chapin Architects. Pocket neighborhoods tend to consist of about 12 homes that all face a common area that residents must walk through to access their front door.
Creating small homes on small lots allows more compact development, which uses land efficiently and can offer greater access to amenities.
Pocket communities really took off in the Pacific Northwest in collaboration with developers and builders, including The Cottage Company in Seattle, Triad Associates in Kirkland, and Artisan Fine Homebuilding. Third Street Cottages in Seattle, is a community of eight detached cottages located on four standard single-family lots. To help this vision come to life, the municipality adopted an innovative Cottage Housing Development (CHD) zoning code. The code allows for up to double the density of detached homes in all single-family zones.
Pocket communities also serve as a great solution for increasing the number of affordable units within a municipality. Creating small homes on small lots allows more compact development, which uses land efficiently and can offer greater access to amenities. Residents may also enjoy a smaller mortgage, with the option to enhance their home by selecting higher-end finishes. Then there’s the increasing value of these small homes. The Third Street Cottages, the first of the pocket neighborhoods, have resold for as much as 250 percent of their original price, proving their enduring appeal and value.
Small homes feed our recent fascination with resilience and sustainability because they meet the needs of communities that wish to increase density and reform land use patterns without losing the feel of a single-family community. Smaller homes also can reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through the use of passive solar energy, low water-use fixtures, and the abundance of vegetation in these communities found in the interior courtyard, personal gardens and surrounding open space. Additionally, the demographic shift toward smaller households and the rise in single-person households is driving a need for a more diverse housing stock that includes small homes.
by mightyhouse | Feb, 2019 | Green Building
Mighty House Construction’s latest detached auxiliary dwelling unit (DADU) includes WalkGreen® FSC Certified Cumaru Decking. Cumaru Decking is among the most resilient natural untreated decking materials available on the market today. Supplied by Green Home Solutions, Cumaru is a highly dense exotic hardwood that has a warm honey brown color with beautiful grain. Cumaru, also known as Brazilian Chestnut or Brazilian Teak, can be left untreated to age to a nice silver-grey or oiled to retain its warm brown color.
Widely recognized as the global “gold standard” for responsible forestry practices, Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC) Certified products are sustainably harvested and ensure eco-friendly and economically viable forestry practices. The FSC Decking is one of the top decking products available in the market in terms of its strength, stability, durability and natural resistance to the elements. The FSC Decking does not contain any harmful chemicals or risk of contaminating water sources.
Decks are fantastic ways to maximize outdoor life in the NW! Mighty House Construction builds everything from backyard porches to decks large enough to celebrate all of life’s milestones.
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by Mighty House Construction | Mar, 2017 | Design + Architecture, Featured Projects, Green Building, Material Salvage + Reuse
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.
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 smallish 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.