In Bainbridge Island, Washington, there's a slick modern home under construction that was designed by Coates Design for owners Ed and Joanne Ellis.  Although Seattle has roughly 13 LEED Platinum homes as of today, the Ellis Residence has been designed to achieve LEED Platinum and could be the first single-family residence in the Western Puget Sound region to achieve such a lofty designation.  As you can tell from these renderings, the home has a number of active, passive, and green elements in store:


  • Abundant interior natural light;
  • Horizontal geothermal loop heating system;
  • Hyrdronic radiant concrete floors powered by geothermal;
  • Two-story concrete masonry wall will act as an heat sink;
  • Use of locally-sourced fir and FSC-certified woods;
  • Water harvesting through two 1500 cisterns for site irrigation;
  • Water filtration through a rain garden;
  • Vegetated green roof system; and
  • What appears to be a rooftop solar thermal or photovoltaic array. 

Prior to construction, an old 1930s cabin was deconstruction in its entirety, resulting in a diversion of 97.8% of the cabin from the landfill.  Inhabitat tells us construction should be complete by about September 2009, so until then, make sure to follow the construction blog for informative updates from the architect.  The completed home is going to be incredible …




Rendering credits: Coates Design