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SW02 Ford Remodel

This project was an extensive remodel of a 1980’s house originally designed by an architect who initially lived in the house for several years. Our task was to design and create a cook’s kitchen, a “man cave”, a mud/powder room addition, an updated bathroom/laundry and add closets to a bedroom that originally did not have any. Our clients were committed to a very green project from the beginning and incorporated many recycled and green products and practices into the project.
SW02 Ford Remodel

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Seattle, WA 98112

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This project was an extensive remodel of a 1980’s house originally designed by an architect who initially lived in the house for several years. Our task was to design and create a cook’s kitchen, a “man cave”, a mud/powder room addition, an updated bathroom/laundry and add closets to a bedroom that originally did not have any. Our clients were committed to a very green project from the beginning and incorporated many recycled and green products and practices into the project.

From the very beginning both our clients and our team were committed to making this a green and sustainable project.  We started with the demolition.  Our clients donated the kitchen cabinets, library cabinets and butcher block kitchen counters to Second Use for resale.  More than 80% of our construction waste and demo was recycled.

Once the demo was done, the addition was built using FSC certified lumber and no added formaldehyde subfloor material.  Electric radiant heat was installed under the new flooring materials in the kitchen, man cave, mud room and powder room.

A high efficiency Eternal “on demand” hot water heater was installed in a closet under the existing stairway to the Bathroonsecond floor.  This water heater has an all stainless steel heat exchanger with a built in two gallon reserve tank.  It meets NSF standards for health, cleanliness and it is safe.  It has ultra-low emissions (1ppm CO) that leaves almost no carbon footprint.  It also has a patented self-cleaning feature that utilizes turbulent flow to flush out sediments which reduces maintenance.

All new insulation used was formaldehyde free fiberglass and soy based, closed cell, spray foam.  The spray foam was used in the floor joist cavities for the addition and in areas where plumbing was run.

FSC and formaldehyde free materials were used by Kerf Design, Inc. for the highly engineered, precisely designed custom built cabinets in the kitchen, bathrooms and “man cave”.

Porcelain tile was used for the flooring over the electric radiant heat.  For the flooring in the main bath and laundry room, sustainably harvested cork was used.

The countertops were a combination of NovuStone and two colors of Caesarstone.  NovuStone is a handcrafted material composed of post-consumer recycled content like glass bottles and mirrors as well as post-industrial materials and natural aggregates <like crushed stone and gravel>.  Caesarstone is a quartz based solid surface countertop material.

Bedrock Industries supplied the Blazestone recycled glass tile for the backsplash and shower accents. Blazestone is crafted entirely from post-industrial and post-consumer glass, with no additional oxides or colorants. Each tile is handmade from unique combinations of glass that give the tiles their distinctive appearance and subtle color variation.  Bedrock Blazestone shows how beautiful sustainability can be.

The shower partition is a unique product from 3-Form made from real tree branches and a recycled content material called Ecoresin.

The paint used throughout the project was a low VOC Benjamin Moore product.

Lighting was efficiently designed and was a combination of LED fitted cans and fixtures and LED under cabinet lighting.

The water saving aspect includes new dual flush toilets by Toto and all sink and shower fixtures are low flow.

SW02 Ford Remodel
Cook’s Kitchen
SW02 Ford Remodel
“Man Cave”, view of powder room addition
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