Site and Water
This 2440 square foot home is on an infill lot in Port Townsend. Pervious
surfaces were used in landscaping, with no grass.
The home has both thermal hot water collectors and photovoltaic roof
panels with in floor radiant heat. The south-facing sunroom has concrete
for thermal mass. Icynene was used as the highly efficient insulation,
airtight building envelope. Interior glass doors and windows allow light
to pass through the house from the skylights and transom windows. The
design has multi-use spaces including with a small kitchenette upstairs
for a separate unit.
The slate looking roof is recycled plastic bottles and the flooring is
reclaimed fir. Siding shingles and all doors are native wood. Wood windows
have low maintenance aluminum exteriors. Tile, slate, marble and other
durable, non-toxic products were used. All appliances are Energy Star and
a highly efficient boiler. Even the vintage lighting uses compact
Energy Star appliances and a high-efficiency boiler will save future
Indoor air quality
The cabinet boxes are made of non-toxic strawboard. All paint, sealants
and glues are low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). Exhaust fans were
installed throughout the house, including the office. No carpet was used
and a central vacuum system exhausts to the outside.
The tub, light fixtures and flooring are salvaged. Recycling was done
throughout the job and continues in her pantry.