Shoreline New Home


Location: Seattle
Number of baths: 3
Square footage: 1,620
Certification: 5-Star Built Green
Architect: VELOCIPEDE architects inc

Green Features

  • Exceeds Energy Star NW standards
  • Blower-door test for air tightness
  • 9" Double-stud advance framing
  • R-33 walls & R-60 attic insulation
  • Hydronic heating
  • Sun tubes for natural daylighting
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Extensive use of salvaged building & landscaping materials
  • 2/3 of old framing lumber reused in new house
  • FSC lumber and plywood
  • Up to 43% fly ash in concrete
  • Full-line jobsite recycling
  • Marvin Integrity E2 argon-filled windows
  • Hardip-plank siding and Trex decking
  • Low-toxic materials, paints & finishes
  • HRV with HEPA filtration
  • Conditioned crawl space
  • Turf-grass-free landscaping


This project involved deconstructing an existing dwelling in Shoreline and building a new house. The new house includes a super-insulated shell, extensive use of salvaged materials and FSC lumber, and a radiant heat system.

Building this Shoreline home included deconstructing the existing home (handled by the ReStore) down to its original main floor platform and retaining the existing garage framing. A five-foot addition was framed onto the south side, and the house was rebuilt into a highly energy- and resource-efficient healthy home. The home has 1,620 square feet of conditioned space and has been featured in the New York Times and the Seattle Post Intelligencer for its environmental features.


The New York TimesRecycling the Whole House