Shoreline Home Featured on Green Home Tour

Shoreline Home Featured on Green Home Tour

New fireplace
Family Room Focal Point

It’s just around the bend and we just received some pictures from one of the homes on the north end of the Seattle Green Home Tour this coming weekend. This home has a view and is featured as N10 on your map and Natural Awakenings brochure.

Here is how the designer described her project:

Jolly Green Giant Home on Seattle Green Home Tour

by Interior Designer Wendy Albee, Albee Interior Design

This is the story of the Ekrem family who built their dream home on a small parcel of land taking advantage of the beautiful views of Puget Sound. Though they did not specifically set out to make a green home, they wanted to incorporate some green and sustainable features that made sense, making their home a little more earth-friendly and energy efficient than most. And we incorporated universal design features to ensure the family can live in their dream home for a very long time.

Because the concept of ‘green’ building or remodeling can be daunting to the average person, we decided to be part of the tour to demonstrate simple, practical steps that the this home incorporated to save money on energy costs and to improve air quality. We also used recycled materials where it made sense esthetically rather than setting out purposefully to use these materials.

Bathroom with water wise toilet
Green can be beautiful

(From an interior design perspective, if a client is not that interested in being ‘green’, I do make a point of showing my clients products and materials that are recycled or upcycled that fit in our design style and color palette(s). The dual-flush toilets are an easy sell as they look great and function so well and when I tell them 1/3 of their water usage is from the toilet, they don’t hesitate. Low voltage lighting is getting less expensive so that is also easy for clients to see the benefit).

The first thing you’ll notice walking into the home is the enormous amount of natural light. The windows are all high-performance, triple pane glass.

The main floor includes one bathroom with earth-friendly Marmoleum flooring and recycled glass tiles in the shower and vanity backsplash. A second bathroom has a solid surface countertop that is made from86% recycled materials including corn, ceramics, mirrors and glass (Eco from Consentino). The laundry room also has Marmoleum flooring and Energy Star appliances. All cabinetry is made locally in Monroe.

The great room is located on the 2nd floor where the extended family gets together every Sunday. The kitchen appliances are Energy Star rated and much of the lighting is LED. The family side of the great room has an energy efficient gas fireplace.

The master suite, also on this floor, hosts a dual-flush toilet, radiant heated floors with programmable thermostat, engineered quartz countertop, locally-produced finishes, and Water Sense fixtures. Ambience is created with the LED soffit lighting.

2012 Green Home Tour
Newly remodeled bathroom

The lower floor has hydronic radiant heat with Marmoleum flooring. It contains a small bathroom, mud room and ‘man work cave’.

This home goes to show how so called “green professionals” can make small changes in the perceptions of our clients. A lower flow toilet is a painless step to take towards saving resources and reduction of infrastructure. Insulation not only saves money on energy costs in the long run, but increases the comfort of a home. . . . and it all adds up!