Project Features

Built Green Certified

Site Description

Originally built in 1952, this brick veneer-wood construction house was in such poor condition when we found it that our realtor asked to stay outside during the tour because it smelled so bad!!  We set to work gutting and rebuilding green focusing our attention to creating connections to the outside, resource and energy efficiency, low toxic materials and natural lighting. With one of our kids having serious allergies, using healthy low toxic materials (no carpets!) and installing ductless heating became paramount.

Our Seward Park Deep Green Remodel was designed and built with raising our family in mind today as well as for future build-outs and uses.  We opened up the floor plan from a warren of dead end rooms and narrow halls to bring in natural light and a missing connection to the large south-facing yard, while still providing separation of quiet and active uses generous open rooms with great views of the Seward Park and Lake Washington and natural lighting throughout. 

Our remodel includes a ‘gathering place’ kitchen featuring salvaged and restored vintage Youngstown metal cabinets.  Carefully removing and recycling as many materials as possible during the demolition, we reused doors, cabinets and plywood.  We also purchased, restored and creatively installed salvage items including large storage cabinets, doors, glulam beams, plumbing and light fixtures, a unique wrought iron corner post refurbished as a pot rack and one nautical port light. 

The large 8400 square foot lot was overrun with overgrown shrubbery, blackberry, ivy and other invasive species so we also embarked on restoring the yard and garden with native and salvaged plants.  

We are the owner designer-builders (Opperman Design) of this sweet home and we LOVE living here!

Our house is approximately 70% finished (the main floor is 90%).  We will be on hand to discuss our remodel and answer questions you may have about your own future remodel.  

Opperman + Others | Residential Design and Consulting, Vicky Opperman, has been designing and building in the Seattle, area for over 20 years.

Energy, Water and Air Quality Improvements

  • Double layer of wall and attic insulation: Walls: R 35+ |  Attic: R 60+ 
  • Oil furnace & ductwork system removed and replaced with electric ductless heat pump system.  Supplemental electric radiant floor heating in bathroom. Supplemental eco-heater wall units in bedrooms
  • Replaced all main floor windows with double pane Low E with Argon casement windows (U Value  .29-.27):  wood interior and fiberglass exterior (Marvin Integrity Ultrex)
  • Nearly all windows are operable for natural ventilation.
  • Mechanical and passive venting including whole house ‘WhisperGreen’ fans on each floor with Passive Inlet Vents in each room
  • New Energy Star ‘white asphalt shingles roofing
  • All new appliances are Energy Star
  • All new plumbing throughout:  notably PEX tubing installed as “home runs” for energy efficiency and ease of repair.    
  • All toilets are low flush
  • All lights are CFL or LED, with dimmable switches.
  • Production meter and conduits for future solar panels and future charging station for electric car

Efficient and Non-Toxic Resource Use

  • All demolition was thoughtful and limited:  materials were recycled whenever possible (plaster, wood, metals, oil burning furnace, appliances).
  • Some materials were repurposed back into the house: plywood, cabinets, doors.
  • Purchased, restored and installed salvaged 1950s Youngstown kitchen metal cabinets.
  • Purchased, restored and installed salvaged large storage cabinets, doors, glulam beams, plumbing and light fixtures, and one nautical port light.
  • Salvaged and native plants used in restored yard and garden.
  • New paperstone kitchen counters
  • New Marmoleum flooring
  • Restored existing red oak flooring 
  • All plywood purchased formaldehyde-free plywood
  • No VOC paints.
  • No carpeting

Design Updates 

  • Floor plan updated for improved flow and connections to outdoors while maintaining separation of uses and privacy.
  • Curbless bathroom showers and 36” wide or greater openings and doors installed for greater accessibility
  • Added or enlarged window and door openings to capture natural light and ventilation and additional views of lake, yard and garden.  7’ wide French door and deck provides a dramatic new connection to back yard.
  • Designed for potential future build outs including backyard cottage, attic crow’s nest with glazing and daylight basement rental unit.
  • Earthquake retrofitted to code.


Construction: Tim Parker Construction
                      Jon Alexander – Sunshine Construction
Design: Ted Granger, Architect
Ventilation Design: Ecotope
Built Green Certification: Tom Balderston 


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