These sustainably focused clients were committed to “save this old house.” Their existing 750 sf Greenlake home built in 1918 had (2) bedrooms, (1) bathroom, kitchen and living room. While their existing home did not meet their needs they did not want to see it demolished and added to the landfill. The old growth fir framing, existing bathroom, existing doors, wood floors and roof had value and saving those materials became a design driver. With plans to expand their family and a desire to create more space for entertaining, increasing their square footage became critical. To meet their programmatic needs, we used a 2 part house lift to raise the existing house 12 feet and push it back 3 feet. The original one story home moved to the top floor and became the bedroom floor. We reconfigured the existing 750 sf to include a master bedroom, master bath, (2) bedrooms, laundry room, closets and reused the existing bathroom.
The 12 foot house lift allowed us to replace the pier and post foundation with a stout new foundation and create a full daylight basement that opened to the backyard. The new main floor housed an entry, new stair, flex room/office, living room, dining room, powder bath and kitchen with a deck overlooking the backyard. Pushing the house back 3 feet allowed us to tuck a front porch with room for a swing onto the front of the house. By keeping the new construction within the home’s original footprint, we were able to maximize the yard for play, chickens and a vegetable garden. Creating a healthy home with good indoor air quality was another focus. FSC certified tigerwood flooring, NAUF plywood cabinets, low VOC paint and water saving bath fixtures were some of the many sustainable building practices implemented on the custom green home remodel
Photography by Aaron Leitz.