Tag Archives: green design

Innis Arden Master Suite Remodel

Phase 2 of the Innis Arden whole house remodel is complete. Phase 1 consisted of remodeling the lower floor complete with a new bathroom, guest room, offices, and theater room. The recent Phase 2 project consisted of remodeling the master suite. The design focused on opening up the views to the Puget Sound from the master bedroom, creating a more efficient walk-in closet, and developing a beautiful spa-like bathroom space. The bathroom is laid out with his and hers teak vanities, steam shower with built in bench, enclosed toilet room, and large soaking tub. High end plumbing fixtures were used for the bathroom including a ceiling mounted shower head for the shower and the laminar ceiling tub filler.

Enjoy the photos by Chad Coleman Photography!

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Hiring an Architect 101

When taking on a remodel, addition, or new construction project, many owners are unsure where to begin.  Often times, the first step that the owner takes is to call a builder to get a quote for the work.  The builder may then ask if the owner has a design for them to bid and build from.  If the answer is ‘no’, this is where the architect comes into the picture.  An architect can provide a wide range of services to their clients including space planning and design, code research and compliance, energy efficient construction, material selection, permitting, bid negotiation, and construction observation among many others.

At first glance at the architect’s fees, it may feel like you are paying a lot for just a few plans and visit to the building department.  Instead, you are paying for years of training, expertise, and experience for an architect to help bring your vision into reality.  The time spent working with the architect may also help you to avoid expensive mistakes during construction by working out the kinks through design, layout, and detail on paper prior to starting construction.  Over the course of the design process, the architect and owner will pore over the design in painstaking detail until the drawings contain enough information for the builder to take the plans and build the project.  During the design process, the architect will help with suggesting materials and construction methods that may suit your budget or help with ideas for creating an energy efficient home which can save thousands over the years.  The design costs of roughly 5-18% of construction costs are a relatively small percentage compared to the added value that good design can achieve.  A beautiful, creatively designed space alone will maintain premium value for the long term.

Capital Hill Addition and Remodel

Currently under construction:

We are working on a project in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle.  The project involves digging out for a Smart Car garage under the front of the house and rebuilding the masonry front porch in the historic style of the home.  Secondly, we have designed a new kitchen addition to the rear of the house with a full basement below.  The construction process is tricky, working carefully around the two story load bearing masonry structure.
Keep watch for progress photos during the construction process!

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Lake Forest Park Remodel

This chic, artsy remodel in Lake Forest Park was a fun project for H2D Architecture + Design.  The family had their eye on this foreclosed home for almost two years before they were finally able to close the deal.  The home had been vacant for quite a while, so lots of tender loving care was necessary to make the home comfortable.  The main focus of the project was to open up the main floor to create a great room and central kitchen.

Cabinets:  Ikea

Countertops: Cambria Quartz

Floors:  Marmoleum, Tile and Hardwood

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Innis Arden View House

H2D Architecture + Design has been working closely with an Innis Arden family on a major whole house remodel and addition project.  They recently purchased the home after it being a rental for many years.  The home has great potential – fabulous large site, sweeping views of the Puget Sound, and good original construction to build from.  The design goals are to add a master suite with a deck overlooking the Puget Sound, new kitchen, powder room, additional bathroom, and reconfigure the existing spaces on the lower floor.  This active family spends much of their time outdoors, so creating a connection to the outdoors is critical in this project.

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Bridle Trails Farmhouse

The Bridle Trails farmhouse sits in a quiet, wooded neighborhood of Bellevue.  The urban site feels very rural with horses running in the field next door.  H2D Architecture + Design has been working with this family to design a studs-out remodel for the kitchen and several spaces on the main floor, in addition to several bathrooms on the upper floor.  The homeowners style is urban chic and they are envisioning new clean, unique spaces in their home.


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H2D’s Seattle green custom home is complete!

H2D Architecture + Design recently completed a new green custom home in the Bryant neighborhood of Seattle.  The homeowner came to H2D Architecture + Design with a book and a vision.  The design was born from a collaboration of these early ideas – the book about Japanese cabinetry design in maximizing every square inch of space for some specific use and the vision of sustainably building a new family home.

The 3000 square foot home was designed and built with environmentally friendly construction methods, efficient design to utilize the whole volume of the home, and utilizing low-toxicity sustainable materials.  Throughout design and construction, Heidi Helgeson, principal architect, worked closely with the homeowner and contractor to consider and confirm that the design decisions aligned with the goals for this home.  This home provides clean indoor air for its occupants, utilizes locally produced, low-toxic, and salvaged materials, has a low impact on the site through water collection and green roofs, and has an energy efficient building envelope.  The home was featured on the 2012 Green Home Tour in April.  Learn more about the design process and see construction photos along the way.

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Construction:  Thomas Jacobson Construction

Cabinets: Superior Cabinets

Countertops:  Novustone

Salvaged Flooring:  Pioneer Millworks

Photos by Sean Balko, Filmworks Studio

Green features include:

Site Work:

  • Original home was deconstructed and recycled with an 85% recycling rate
  • Salvage from the original home included: windows, appliances, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, and wood paneling.  The salvage items were donated to architectural salvage companies, salvaged from friends, or reused in the new home.
  • The original foundation, with necessary modifications, was reused for the new home.
  • Post construction soil amendment

Building Envelope:

  • Advanced framing
  • Insulation that exceeds the current code requirements.  The house utilizes a hybrid insulation system consisting of foam and batts within the framing and rigid foam wrap on the exterior.
  • Rainscreen siding with fiber cement board siding
  • Triple glazed windows
  • Metal roof for clean water collection
  • Small collection of cisterns for water collection for irrigation and to minimize the run-off rate during a storm
  • Green roofs
  • FSC certified Tigerwood decking material for all exterior decks

Inside the home:

  • Countertops with recycled and post-industrial content (Novustone)
  • Tile with 100% recycled glass direct from the Seattle waste stream (Bedrock Industries)
  • Tile with high recycled content
  • Salvaged hardwood flooring from Kentucky horse fencing
  • Carpet tile with a cradle-to-cradle rating
  • Non-toxic, low-VOC paint throughout
  • High efficiency, low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Dual flush toilets
  • High efficiency lighting and LED lighting
  • Exterior lighting fixtures that meet Dark Sky Standards
  • Operable windows located strategically for optimal natural ventilation and stack effect
  • Bedroom suite on main floor to allow for aging in place
  • Bathroom fixtures rated for ADA accessibility and for aging in place

For more information on this project or to discuss your green construction or remodel project, contact H2D Architecture + Design at 206-370-4762 or at info@h2darchitects.com.