Tag Archives: Low VOC paint

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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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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Q+A: Low and Zero-Voc Paints

thanks for asking!

Is there any benefit to using low-VOC paint, other than it being good for the environment?
I had a client ask me a good question the other day. He was wondering if there was a good reason to use low or zero-VOC paint, other than it being good for the environment. I found a link on the EPA website that describes some tests that were done to monitor the VOC levels in a room after painting. If you are interested, please follow this link: http://www.epa.gov/appcdwww/iemb/abstracts/source.htm. The results show that standard drywall (or gypsum wallboard) and other materials absorb VOC emissions while you are painting. Up to one year after the painting has been completed, VOCs slowly, but continuously, are re-emitted from the surfaces that absorbed the VOCs (ie gypsum wall board) exposing the inhabitants to low levels of toxins via indoor air. I think that this is a pretty good reason for us all to reconsider what type of paint we purchase before painting a room. Most standard paint companies now carry a line of low and/or zero-VOC paint.
In addition, low and zero-VOC stains can also be purchased from a variety of dealers (i.e. EcohausBenjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, etc)