The flagstone pathway leading up to this 3,140-square-foot, three-story home is made out of repurposed concrete from an old public sidewalk removed from the lot during construction. The home’s exterior was built using salvaged wood and corrugated metal from an old barn in the Willamette Valley. Under the Dwell Development philosophy, no material is wasted; the wood was also incorporated into the roof soffit hovering above the generous outdoor entertainment space, while the metal was used for the fencing around the perimeter and interior details to subtlety connect the modern exterior with the more traditional aesthetic inside the home. The organic rusty hue coupled with the modern structure, creates an avant-garde design unique to the urban neighborhood.
The exterior is draped in Enviro-Dri to provide insulation, block moisture and act as an added layer underneath the rain screen, which Dwell Development applied for protection from the damp climate common in the Pacific Northwest. The pervious concrete keeps rainwater on site to feed the plants and soil, all of which are native to the region. Despite Seattle’s seemingly grey reputation, the sun is a valuable energy resource that did not go unused. The solar panels absorb energy during the day to offset energy usage at night to support a net-zero lifestyle. The natural energy heats the home while the triple glazed windows and heat recovery ventilation system (HRV) work around the clock to ventilate the air and regulate the temperature inside the home. The sustainable technology keeps energy usage low while providing a healthy, clean atmosphere for its inhabitants.