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N12 Blue View, Green Built in Green Lake

Inspired by a previous Green Home Tour, this net-zero energy house remodel in Green Lake is just finishing construction. It is designed to be affordable, deep green, and surrounded by lush gardens (yet to be planted). This stop on the tour would be great for people considering deep green changes to their own home. Talk with the team of owner, architect, and builder about the collaborative process and the materials and methods chosen to be beautiful, efficient, and cost-effective.
N12 Blue View, Green Built in Green Lake

Location

Seattle, WA 98115

LD Arch Design, Parie Hines & TC Legend Homes, Ted Clifton

Inspired by a previous Green Home Tour, this net-zero energy house remodel in Green Lake is just finishing construction. It is designed to be affordable, deep green, and surrounded by lush gardens (yet to be planted). This stop on the tour would be great for people considering deep green changes to their own home. Talk with the team of owner, architect, and builder about the collaborative process and the materials and methods chosen to be beautiful, efficient, and cost-effective.

This net-zero energy home was inspired by the Seattle Green Home Tour in 2011 and is a great example of an affordable deep green remodel. Collaboration between owner, architect, and builder has created a beautiful synthesis of resource efficiency, connection to nature, and renewable energy — mixed together with a funky modern/industrial aesthetic.

The inspiration

The owner Becky’s first Green Home Tour was the catalyst for her to learn more; she joined NW Eco Building Guild and attended green workshops.  She was particularly inspired by a net-zero energy home in Ballard, site of one of the workshops. Wanting to “do it all” — renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, salvaged materials, and much more — she dove in and spoke with many green professionals in the Guild.

Team approach

1. The owner

Becky started with a desire to go “super green” while being cost-effective, and she had lots of great design ideas. After finding a well-located home with good solar orientation and a solid structure (although in need of an aesthetic update), she pulled together the project team of LD Arch Design and TC Legend Homes, as described on her blog about the project.

2. The architect

Parie Hines, with LD Arch Design, showed her own home on the 2012 Seattle Green Home Tour, which was how she and Becky got connected. LD Arch Design focuses on green additions and remodels with a mission of “thrifty and thoughtful design for a small planet.”

3. The builder

Ted Clifton, of TC Legend Homes, brings an extensive background in green building to the project team, and was the builder for the Ballard net-zero energy house. His father, Ted Clifton Sr., is a pioneer in energy-efficient homes and Ted Jr. has years of experience building high efficiency, cost effective, and well-crafted homes.

The design goals

The existing home was in serious need of aesthetic and energy updates, with an interior so carved up it felt like every room was small and dark. The goals for the remodeled home were:

  • Create a high efficiency, net-zero energy house
  • Raise the roof to provide a good spot for solar and let light in
  • Connect to the garden and integrate rainwater harvesting
  • Use some of the unfinished basement/garage space for bedrooms
  • Have an open floor plan at the upper level that would be good for entertaining
  • Create a more modern and industrial aesthetic
  • Create an example home that demonstrates that high quality green design can be affordable

LDArch04Green choices  -- Building green involves choosing priorities and making decisions that fit your values, tastes, and budget. Here are the choices for this house.

1. Less energy

  • Renewable energy: Budgeting to include solar panels was a priority.
    • 6.72kW solar module sized to meet and exceed energy usage
    • Plan for future electric car charging station
  • An energy-efficient building envelope: The envelope performs well above energy code.
    • 6” SIPS panel walls and 9.5” SIPS panel roof
    • 4” rigid insulation installed over existing concrete slab
    • LDArch03Triple-pane high quality vinyl windows
  • Energy-efficient equipment and lighting: The mechanical systems, appliances, and lighting are selected to be highly efficient.
    • Mini-split ductless heat pump
    • Heat pump water heater
    • EnergyStar bath fans, refrigerator, and dishwasher
    • High efficiency horizontal axis washing machine
    • LED light bulbs
  • Air sealing: Heat loss through air leaks can be virtually eliminated with modern building technologies.
    • SIPS panels provide a sealed wall system
    • Careful air sealing at openings and penetrations
    • Whole house ventilation system to ensure adequate fresh air

2. Less new stuff

  • LDArch05Reuse and deconstruction: Materials are treated carefully rather than being sent to a landfill.
    • Much of the home’s structure is reused
    • Existing materials deconstructed and used elsewhere in the house
    • A home found for almost everything removed from the house
    • Construction waste reduced by precise materials ordering
  • Reclaimed and recycled content materials: Becky combed salvage shops for materials that fit the desired aesthetic.
    • Salvaged stainless steel counter and sink in kitchen
    • Light fixtures made with salvaged material
    • Salvaged wood trim
    • Recycled content fiber cement board siding and gypsum wall board

3. Less toxic stuff

  • Non-toxic materials: A priority is placed on selecting materials that do not outgas toxic fumes.
    • Wood products with no added urea formaldehyde
    • Non-toxic caulks and adhesives
    • No VOC paints and finishes
    • Marmoleum natural linoleum flooring
  • Hard surface flooring: A carpet-free home reduces dust and allergens. The home will be a “shoes-off” home LDArch06to avoid tracking in pollution.
  • Healthy ventilation design: This is particularly important in a house with an airtight envelope.
    • High clerestory windows open to draw fresh air up and through the home
    • HVAC system with HEPA filter includes a fresh air supply

4. Less water

  • Efficient plumbing fixtures
    • Dual flush toilet with integral hand washing sink
    • Efficient horizontal axis washing machine
    • Low flow shower and faucet aerators
  • Water efficient site design
    • Rain cisterns and barrels to capture and store water for landscape watering
    • Native and drought tolerant landscaping (not yet installed)
    • Master Composter in residence
    • Design to celebrate the flow of water in our rain-rich environment

This home is finishing construction around the time of the Green Home Tour, so there will likely be some “rough edges” and projects yet to be completed. But please stop by and see how it is coming together.

N12 Blue View, Green Built in Green Lake
Under Construction Interior view
N12 Blue View, Green Built in Green Lake
Preliminary Interior 3D Rendering
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