Drinking Rainwater in Ballard

7703 26th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Bristow Enterprises

Green Features

Project Features 

 This is thee first legal whole house rainwater catchment and filtration system in the city of Seattle.

Site Description

To find out more about our project, here's a 28 minute documentary about our house and other projects

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.



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