Modern Green Seattle Home Opens Doors

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I received an email from Modern Dwelling in relation to this contemporary, green pad and pretty much had to share some details.  First things first, if you’re in the Seattle area, there’s going to be an art showing at the home this Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 7 pm, so make sure to check that out.*  Otherwise, the Mount Baker Residence, as it’s known, is perched on a slope with views of Rainier Valley to downtown Seattle.  With tons of natural lighting, four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 2470 sf of living space, it’s tough to go wrong in a home that looks like this.  Here are some of its green features:

Radiant heat concrete floors throughout, FSC certified wood use, low-VOC paints and stains, drought tolerant plants, dual-flush toilets, CFL lighting, and construction on a difficult, infill location.  In addition, the design of the home creates a chimney effect that allows warm air to rise through the central staircase in the summer. 

The Mt. Baker Residence also has a 635 sf, fully-detached, self-sufficient, additional dwelling unit ("ADU").  In speaking with Modern Dwelling, it seems that Seattle allows two living units in residential zoning.  As a result, Pb Elemental Architecture likes to design homes with these detached ADUs so that the ADU can be used by another party.  It’s just another way to add some density to their single-family residential projects, to the extent home purchasers decide to fully utilize the ADU.  And I don’t know about you, but I’d love to live in a 635 sf ADU. 

*The home is located at 3844 37th Avenue South, Mount Baker Area, Washington.  Email shamah at elementalarchitecture dot com for more information.  The current purchase price, according to Pb Elemental’s website, is $1.149 M. 

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Photos provided by Modern Dwelling, LLC.


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  • Mike M

    what, no curtains?

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Mike, don’t walk naked in a glass house. :)

  • A different Mike M

    Is it just me,or does ultra-modern, minimalist furniture look very temporary? it looks as though the owner is constantly ready to just pick up and move when they can’t afford the mortgage. From the pics, the only room that even looks close to warm and lasting is the bathroom (which is beautiful by the way). And I love the open deck on the roof.

  • holz

    US$1.15 mil for no window tratments, poorly detailed casework and crappy plubming and electrical fixtures? in one of the cheaper neighborhoods in seattle? you’ve got to be kidding me!

    • holz

      yes, i am dyslexic. ack!

  • Max

    It’s not “green” until poor people can afford it. The wealthiest 1% could afford this. That’s insignificant on a global scale. What’s worse is that the wealthy people who live in this house probably use many more resources than the average human. The amount of airplane flights taken by a wealthy American family alone would ruin any carbon offset from this “green” home.

    This isn’t “green”. A single family detached home in a city isn’t green, but a waste of space. It should be taller, and house multiple families. This is greenwashed consumerism. Design-porn with a feel good marketing pitch. A lie.

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