This 1690 sq foot house is built next to the original house on the bluff,
which has become an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit). Native plants were
moved and replanted and a 10 foot perimeter was designated around the
foot print to protect vegetation during construction. No dirt was added
to or removed from the site. 100% pervious surfacing was achieved,
through the use of recycled concrete pavers, gravel and existing
South facing windows take advantage of the sunshine, despite the water
view to the north. Skylight and transom windows, as well as interior
windows and glass doors, naturally light the inside spaces. No garage
saves resources. An efficient Rumsford fireplace is faced with salvaged
bricks. Bookshelves line the stairs with a window seat on the landing,
creating multiple-use spaces.
Metal roofing and wood windows with low maintenance exterior finish were
used for their long life. Reclaimed fir floors and FSC certified (Forest
Stewardship Council - sustain ably harvested forests) wood were
Energy star appliances and a high-efficiency furnace will save future
Two Coroma dual flush toilets and an on-demand water heater are part of
the water conservation plan.
Indoor Air Quality
All paint, sealants and glues were low toxic. Milk paints were chosen for
the kitchen cabinets. Carpet was used only on the stairs. Tile and
Marmoleum provide natural bathroom flooring and kitchen countertops.
The furnace area is separate and accessed only from the outside.
The lighting, tile, bricks and flooring were salvaged materials. Building
materials went to next job and scrap wood was given away or stacked for
later use. Recycling was done through out the job. Cardboard scrap became
compost mulch and recycled concrete encloses garden beds.