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Evergreen homes: Alley House 2
When describing March's featured 'Evergreen home,' resisting alliteration is futile: A magnificent, modern modular home in Madison Valley that's currently on the market for over half a million.
Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Here’s what you’ll get for the price: an eye-catching, butterfly-roofed prefab abode with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Measuring 1,687-square-feet, the David Foster Architects
-designed home is packed full of sustainable features: Advanced framing
, EPA WaterSense fixtures and appliances, “way beyond code” insulation and windows, a heat recovery ventilator, ample natural light, FSC-certified bamboo hardwood flooring, a mini-split heat pump, no-VOC paints and finishes, rainscreen siding, and recycled content countertops
. The modules themselves were factory-built by Method Homes
Outside of the solar PV- and green roof-ready home, you’ll find drought-tolerant landscaping and permeable paving. There's also a one-car garage that can be converted into a home office, workshop, or mother-in-law apartment. And while we're on the topic of mother-in-law apartments, it's worth noting that Cascade Built founder Sloan Ritchie is also behind Backyard Boxes
, a line of eco-friendly accessory dwelling units that I featured
back in May 2010.
And, of course, there’s the matter of neighbors. Alley House 2 is located right next door to Cascade Built’s original Alley House, one of the first LEED Platinum (non-modular) homes in all of Seattle. That said, Alley House 2 is only the second modular home in Washington to target LEED Platinum certification (Greenfab
's 1300 Series model home
in Jackson Place was very recently awarded
with LEED Platinum certification making it the first). I guess the home’s “Platinum Alley
” address is totally justified (the actual street address is 216-B 26th Ave. E).
Is there a notable green residential building project in Washington that you'd liked to see featured in an upcoming installment of "Evergreen Homes?" Tell me about it in the comments section!
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