Love Your Kitchen, Love Your Family Remodel

Love Your Kitchen, Love Your Family Remodel

Join us for a chance to tour this beautiful kitchen remodel in Ballard

May 5, 2019 on the the Northwest Green Home Tour! 

This family was unhappy with the layout of their existing kitchen. They needed a new kitchen that encouraged social cooking within the family, better storage solutions, and more counter top space. The goal of the project was to create a space where, while one person cooks, the other can occupy the same space to keep each other company.

Through the collaborative efforts of Entero Design and Mighty House Construction, we worked within the existing footprint of their kitchen to create a space that fit their design aesthetic and their personal needs. Entero Design worked with the clients to develop a kitchen layout that encouraged socialization between the couple and incorporated a variety of sustainable finishes and materials to make the space unique. To gain more kitchen space, the unconditioned back porch was enclosed and incorporated into the kitchen space, enlarging the kitchen by a few feet.

 

Mighty House Construction handled the construction process for the project. We were able to keep the pre-existing exterior stairs and reuse the interior kitchen doors. The old flooring was replaced with Marmoleum, a natural linoleum made from linseed oil and mixed with other natural products on a jute backing. The new counter tops are made from Paperstone, a solid surface counter top made from recycled paper, and the newly installed cabinets are from Canyon Creek, a local cabinet company in Monroe, WA whose wood products are Carb2 compliant. The beautiful new back-splash features Bedrock Recycled Glass tile made in Seattle from 100% recycled glass product. The space also features newly installed LED overhead lighting, and under-cabinet lighting from  Northwest LED.

West Side Second Story Addition

West Side Second Story Addition

Join us for a chance to tour what’s behind this West Side War-Box

May 4-5, 2019 on the the Northwest Green Home Tour! 

A typical West side war-box gets a Mighty Second Story! This addition is still underway – so it’s an exciting chance to see the “inside the walls” stage of the project. 

This family was living happily in their 1940’s war box home, but as they grow they are finding that their compact home was just a little too cramped. The West Side Second Story Addition was designed by Leo Smith Architect with the goal increasing square footage while preserving the first-floor bedrooms and bathrooms. Adding a dining room off the kitchen on the backside of the house with a 2nd-floor master suite, became the ideal solution; adding just enough square footage and gaining some stellar views of tree canopy and the Puget Sound in the process. 

475 High Performance Building Supply provided a modified Smart Wall System including cellulose insulation and smart vapor barriers provides a highly efficient envelope. “Glavel” – a recycled glass material – insulates below the foundation. Instead of replacing the flooring, the existing wood will be re-finished and added onto for a seamless flow. We also worked to minimize scope and cost creep by maintaining the existing kitchen mostly as-is. 

Infrared radiant ceiling panels by Mighty Energy Solutions provide an efficient and cozy heat source throughout the addition. Hardie siding and Borel trim make for a super durable exterior. The existing deck of the home was recycled. The addition’s finishes will include a repurpose antique furniture for the master bath vanity, LED lighting throughout, VOC-free interior paints, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. 

IN PROGRESS – stay tuned for more photos!

Phinney Kitchen Remodel

Phinney Kitchen Remodel

A few years back, the owners of this Phinney Ridge home completed a fantastic addition that, however, left the old kitchen untouched, leaving it cut off from the dining room. Mighty House Construction, with the help of Entero Design, just completed this beautiful remodel that opened up the space without changing the original footprint of the kitchen. Now, the flow between the dining room and kitchen is expansive, inviting, and much more practical.

The kitchen includes cabinetry by Canyon Creek Cabinet Company that is notably low-VOC and locally made. Beautiful, man-made, quartz countertops that are heat-resistant and non-porous from Cambira were installed. The kitchen also includes custom, wood feature pieces created from salvaged wood. The flooring of the kitchen was finished with tile and was installed throughout the kitchen and the dining room.

More photos pf this beautiful kitchen remodel found here

Attic to Master Suite Conversion

Attic to Master Suite Conversion

This attic bed room in North Seattle was in desperate need of renovations and redesign. The Mighty House Construction team was to the rescue! The stand alone, low-functioning bedroom was transformed into an incredible master suite including the installation of a master suite bathroom with a steam shower, insulation, a ductless mini-split heat pump, refinished hard wood flooring, and adorned with bright colors. We also added a functional closet space.

What used to be a stand-alone, low functioning attic bedroom, was hardly ever used due to poor insulation and heating efficiency. As a result, Mighty House Construction team installed a ductless mini-split heat pump (DHP) as a great energy-saving solution for heating larger open spaces.

The team also converted the pre-existing, nonfunctional square closets into four more functional spaces to provide the room with more floor space. The room was completed with refinished wood flooring and brightened with lovely cherry paint colors.

A master bathroom was also installed to make the home a two-bathroom house. The team used an antique dresser as a starting point for the bath vanity and made two new custom cabinets. The master bath was also furnished with a beautiful closet tub and steam shower.

This Attic Master Suite Conversion Project was a successful transformation for this family’s home in North Seattle.

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4-Star Built Green DADU With A View

4-Star Built Green DADU With A View

This family had two tweens that needed their own bedrooms, and a home-based furniture business involving a lot of bulky inventory. They desperately needed more space! An innovative, 2+ story DADU (Detached Auxiliary Dwelling Unit) significantly expanded available living space, without tackling the structural challenges of increasing the existing home. Living Shelter Design Architects and Mighty House Construction collaborated on this project to include super energy-efficient building solutions; emphasizing healthy finishes for superb indoor air quality. Plus, it’s Built Green 4-Star Certified!

With total living space under 800 square feet, the expense of installing ductwork or a heat pump system just didn’t make sense. Instead, we chose cozy and efficient infrared radiant ceiling panels. Heated by an electric infrared coil, these units radiate energy down — heating the people and objects in the room directly. Spaces warm up faster & stay warm longer with very little electricity and zero maintenance, and no dust or allergens being blown around. Provided by Mighty Energy Solutions.

The DADU’s walls are filled with Havelock Wool insulation, and air sealed with “vapor smart” membranes. These membranes create an air barrier, but also allow trapped moisture to escape from the wall system. Sealing leaks in the building envelope is one of the best ways to improve energy efficiency and get the best performance out of your insulation. Havelock Wool insulation is as eco-friendly as it gets – it grows on sheep! Provided by 475 Building Supply.

Flexible, multi-use spaces help maximize square footage with a below-grade first level. The sunken patio and french doors, bring generous amounts of natural light to the DADU’s interior, and provide use of outdoor living spaces.

Recycled glass tile is produced on the West Coast by Oceanside Tile and Fireclay Tile. In 2103, Fireclay was the first company to recycle panel glass from CRT (the first 1/2” section of optical glass used in older computer monitors and TV sets) and incorporated it into an innovative line of lead-free glazed, glass tile. Oceanside provides 30% pre-consumer recycled glass content in their products.

The light shelf provides roof deck access and additional light in the stairwell and kitchen. Access to this top floor was custom designed by Living Shelter Design. This simple and innovative ladder uses a weighted pulley system to easily fold against the wall when not in use. When open, it is safe to climb and just as sturdy as a set of stairs.

Cork flooring is a rapidly renewable resource, as well as a sound and thermal insulator. This material is also anti- static, hypo-allergic, and completely impermeable. Other flooring in the DADU is FSC Certified Maple, which is plantation grown. It contains zero added urea-formaldehyde and zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds) adding to an even healthier indoor environment for occupants. Provided by Greenhome Solutions.

view from deck

Plus, a pretty breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier!

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Dark Green Kitchen in Green Lake

Dark Green Kitchen in Green Lake

Nancy and James originally reached out to Mighty House because they wanted to work with a contractor who had a strong commitment to using salvaged materials. MHC was the only contractor they spoke to who was willing to reuse the existing cabinetry and meet their budget constraints. Finding a contractor with high sustainability standards was really important to them!

BEFORE

Keeping the character of their existing cabinetry was also extremely important. The design plan required re-locating some of them and adding cabinets to where the refrigerator had been. This made it unreasonable to reuse the base cabinets, but we were able to reuse all the upper cabinets. We played with several ideas  – should the new ones be starkly different to stand out? Or perhaps we should mimic the look with a semi-custom cabinetry line (like Canyon Creek). In the end, neither of those options really did justice to the house or matched the style – which really mattered to the homeowners – so we went with custom cabinet maker, Cabinetworks.

green lake kitchen sink windowgreen lake kitchen stove and hall

Additional green and eco-friendly choices included:

  • Custom built eating nook bench – made by local manufacturer
  • Painted cabinets – no need for fancy imported wood or finish
  • Upgraded to new, more energy efficient appliances including an Energy Star certified dishwasher and refrigerator
  • Natural Marmoleum flooring that is non-toxic, anti-microbial, and durable
  • Pental Quartz countertops – low-VOC and chemical emissions

 

 Check out more photos of this project in our Flikr gallery.