Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, Materials Efficiency, Design Innovation
The owners saw potential in this 1914 vernacular Arts & Crafts home when they purchased it in 2013. The Seattle family had the intention of restoring the home’s original details while also making modern modifications to the traditional layout on the main floor. Along the way, they replaced all of the house’s major systems.
A state-of-the-art hydronic heating system was installed that features a high-efficiency boiler and indirect water-heater. The system provides hot water to underfloor heating on the ground floor, radiators upstairs and plumbing fixtures throughout the house. To retain the heat, the walls, attic and ground floor were fully insulated to better-than-code. New windows were installed along with energy efficient appliances, further reducing the energy needs of the house. To conserve water, the front lawn was replaced with drought-tolerate plants requiring no supplemental water and no fertilizer.
The existing geometry of the house was subtly manipulated to introduce a new kitchen, bath, laundry and outdoor space that complement the home’s original bay windows, angled walls and oak floors. Modifications were made to the main floor to create a feeling of continuity from the entryway to the backyard while remaining sympathetic to the structure’s native form. The kitchen and bathrooms were completely remodeled in an unabashedly modern style.