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N02 Rain Gardens in Ballard

Visit this unique home to see rain water catchment in its various forms, plus other sustainable features including an energy retrofit and remodel; then while your in the neighborhood a short walk brings you to many neighborhood rain gardens. Map to the other rain gardens will be provided at the site. The neighborhood rain gardens are part of the City of Seattle's RainWise program and the 12,000 Rain Gardens for Puget Sound Campaign.
N02 Rain Gardens in Ballard

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Seattle, WA 98117

Bristow Enterprises | Stewardship Partners

Visit this unique home to see rain water catchment in its various forms, plus other sustainable features including an energy retrofit and remodel; then while your in the neighborhood a short walk brings you to many neighborhood rain gardens. Map to the other rain gardens will be provided at the site. The neighborhood rain gardens are part of the City of Seattle's RainWise program and the 12,000 Rain Gardens for Puget Sound Campaign.

Bristow Enterprises & Stewardship Partners

Bristow Enterprises Logo

  • For a nice treat, visit our site, grab an ice cream from Snoqualmie Gourmet  Ice Cream, and a local walking tour map to visit other neighborhood rain gardens.
  • Go Natives! Nursery will have a table here also.

Instead of tearing down our 100 year old Ballard home and rebuilding it with a 'green' built house, I decided to save what we had and turn it into a low consumption remodel that actually makes us money through power generation, and soon will be predominantly using rain water for all our water needs year round.

  • Our rain catchment system is 3400 gallons overflowing to a rain garden that utilizes native as well as edible plants.
  • The yard is grass-lawn free and we are continually adding more edibles throughout to complement our 1000 square feet of vegetable gardens.
  • The house remodel was done using around 75% reused/recycled materials and lumber milled from windfall trees from our Hood Canal property as well as old bridges, train tunnels, buildings, etc..
  • We have over 15 types of LED lighting throughout the house along with efficient appliances, etc. bringing our usage down to 12 KWH per day (6.85 with the solar) vs. the US average of 35KWH per day
  • Our 2280 watt solar PV array produces over 60% of our annual electricity. Our electric bill averages $125 per year and we receive $360 per year from the Seattle City Light production incentive program.
  • The house has been super insulated with an exterior encapsulation of rigid foam
  • The kitchen cabinets and Sub Zero refrigerator came from a home in Madison Park, and were purchased at The Re-Store for $3000. The cost of these new was around $35,000 combined, and were in near perfect working order when I bought them.

Rain gardens in your urban or suburban yards and landscapes help rainwater to naturally percolate into the ground.  This Tour Site offers a walking tour of neighborhood rain gardens, map provided at our Site Host- Bristow Enterprises.  The Site Host project features rain gardens and a full array of other sustainable building features as well.  Lots to see at this Tour Site Stop.

Rain Gardens in Ballard Stewardship Partners
is sponsored in part by Stewardship Partners

 

12,000 Rain Gardens

 

Washington State University and Stewardship Partners are leading a new groundbreaking campaign to install 12,000 rain gardens in the Seattle/Puget Sound Region by 2016.
www.12000raingardens.org

You can actively participate in this exciting campaign by installing one or more rain gardens in your community. Rain gardens will help your immediate surroundings because they:

  • Reduce water pollution
  • Prevent flooding
  • Increase home values
  • Make for beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes
  • Help your community save millions of dollars in pollution clean-up and expensive
    stormwater projects.

Rain gardens work like a native forest by capturing and infiltrating polluted runoff from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces. Meeting our campaign goal of 12,000 rain gardens in Seattle/Puget Sound by 2016 would soak up 160 million gallons of polluted runoff to protect our waterways, significantly helping stop the stormwater crisis that is threatening our waterways. Help us reduce water pollution and prevent flooding in the Puget Sound area by installing a rain garden in your area soon.

N02 Rain Gardens in Ballard
Walking Tour Map from N02 provides opportunity to visit other neighborhood rain gardens
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