Several professionals and manufacturers — from solar and radiant ceiling panels to energy auditors and flooring reps — will also be on-site.
This small and mighty West Seattle home features exciting energy retrofits, a newly remodeled bathroom, and an innovative layout to save time and money for this young family with growing twins.
The mainstay of this ongoing remodeling project is conservation - conservation of costs and conservation of materials - in an effort to make their home more energy efficient, beautiful, and functional.
When it was purchased in 2006, it was clear the house had not had any renovations since it’s completion in 1980. A remodeling plan was put into place to update the home’s aesthetics, remove low-quality and crummy fixtures, and to find better solutions for a growing family’s spatial needs. The budget was a driving force to the schedule of projects and part of keeping to the budget often meant waiting for the ‘right’ salvaged or re-purposed materials to present themselves.
Building upon previous upgrades — including a kitchen remodel, 2 partial bath remodels, and new flooring and finishes throughout the interior and exterior — the homeowners signed up for the Community Power Works Program. Their energy audit identified several opportunities to save energy, particularly in regards to heating. By removing their antiquated furnace (which made room for a whole new closet!) and installing a ductless heat pump and radiant ceiling panels, the family is more comfortable and saving an estimated 55% on their energy use and costs.
Brand new upgrades to the home (since being featured in 2012) include:
• Bathroom remodel featuring recycled glass tiles from Bedrock Industries, Solatube natural lighting, a repurposed vanity, salvaged concrete pavers, water-sense faucets, a dual-flush toilet and Marmoleum flooring.
• Ductless heat pump (which includes a cooling feature as well)
• Radiant ceiling panels
• French doors to the patio to provide for a more open and airy feel during summer months
• LED lighting
• New insulation
• Super efficient heat pump hot water heater
• A “Smart” re-circulating pump to reduce water consumption
• Cisterns to capture rainwater for yard use
Additionally, visitors will have a chance to see a bathroom remodel in process.
Previous upgrades of interest include:
• Salvaged or re-purposed materials in every room.
• Composite windows made largely from reclaimed production materials
• Solar panels
• Low-impact flooring (including bamboo and remnant marmoleum) replaced vinyl and carpet.
• Water-wise© fixtures.
• Energy-star© appliances.
• Low-/No-VOC or reused paints throughout
• Tool-shed entirely from salvaged materials.
• Smart powerstrips throughout (as appropriate).
• Redesigned yard featuring low-water and low-maintenance privacy, fun and edibles for yum.
Some of the other features of this home are the multipurpose room design and the use of homemade cleaning products. Visit the home of these “energy-saving superstars” to learn more about their renovations that promote indoor air quality and health, and take advantage of innovations in sustainability.
Several professionals and manufacturers will also be on site, including Artisan Electric (solar installers), Habitat (energy auditor/consultant), Ducoterra (infrared radiant heat manufacturer), NW Natural Lighting (daylighting), and others!