Energy Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, Materials Efficiency, Design Innovation
Beautiful Northwest contemporary style breathes new life into this completely remodeled mid-60s rambler. See how natural materials and thoughtful design planning are combined to create the gourmet kitchen and stunning master suite, both award-winning designs.
The remodeled home showcases MLB Design Group’s interpretation of the tenets of the “not so big house” home design philosophy first articulated by eco-architect Sarah Susanka in her similarly-titled book published nearly 20 years ago. That philosophy advocates homeowners to “build better, not bigger,” and also to recognize that comfort can significantly influence the sustainability of one’s home. Principal designer Marie Lail Blackburn, a certified interior designer and certified master kitchen and bath designer, supports Susanka’s claim that “any home’s occupants will automatically take better care of their place in a more sustainable way … once it has been transformed into a more beautiful and comfortable environment.”
Blackburn’s work began with an overall evaluation of the existing space after coming to understand the homeowners’ lifestyle, needs and wants for their home. The kitchen, family and living room parts of this home were opened up, reconfigured and renovated staying within the footprint of the existing home. For the master suite, it was decided that adding space to the home would be necessary to deliver the desired functionality and comfort.
The master suite renovation was completed by Lars Clausen Construction www.larsclausenconstruction.com
Aesthetic inspiration was provided by the park-like setting of the home and features beautiful use of wood, stone, glass and natural light. Touches of artful whimsy include a “waterfall” shower wall designed with glass tile “raindrops.” Functional details include a well-located charging area for phones and tech items.
Energy efficiency features include Energy Star® appliances, low-flow toilets and faucets, insulated pipes, attic and floors, programmable lighting and heating controls, energy-rated windows, doors and skylights. Recycled and engineered materials are used throughout. Programmable ventilation fans, non-toxic materials and operable windows “clear the air,” and windows, skylights and glass-panel doors enhance day-lighting.
The remodeling work has been completed in stages over a ten-year span, with an imperceptible difference between older and newer projects in this well-cared for home.
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