Deconstructing their old waterfront cabin preserved the site and many fond memories for the owners of this LEED-Gold residence on Puget Sound. The new home’s cottage-esque design took its architectural cues from the original structure, while its salvaged materials will carry the cabin’s legacy into its next life. Beyond their sentimental value, the re-used materials, combined with jobsite recycling, diverted 98% of the project’s construction waste from the local landfill.
“From the start there was a strong desire to incorporate as many sustainable features as were feasible and practical,” says project architect Mike Butrim of David Vandervort Architects. “Environmentally preferred materials were used throughout, and the home achieved a HERS 46 rating incorporating exterior insulation, a ground-source heat pump, solar water heating, and a 4-kW solar PV system.”
FSC-certified framing materials, fly-ash concrete, low-VOC paints and finishes, and reclaimed beams and local stone complete the green spec package conceived for the home. A focus on water-efficient fixtures, landscaping, irrigation controls, and a rainwater catchment system address this important attribute.
The judges liked the way the unique design—featuring three parallel, attached sections staggered so that each offers a connection to and view of the water—nestled onto the existing site and created a “little village” of smaller-scale spaces that reduced the overall mass of the building. “This is a sizeable house,” one judge commented, “but it feels smaller because of the way it spreads out and fits into the landscape.”
Windows: Loewen / Doors: Real Carriage Door Co. / Siding: Cedar, custom milled from site trees / Roofing: AEP Span / Insulation: US Green Fiber (cellulose); Johns Manville (batts) / Appliances: Miele; GE / Countertops: Paperstone; Concreations / Cabinetry: Pacific Crest / Kitchen Faucets: Rohl / Bath Faucets, Showerheads: Grohe / Toilets: Sterling / Flooring: Ecoprocoat; Osmo / Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore; AFM Safecoat; Timber Pro / Interior Lighting: Lightolier; Belfer; Teka / Exterior Lighting: B-K Lighting / HVAC: ClimateMaster / Alternative Energy: Sanyo (PV); Apricus (solar thermal); Xantrex (inverter)