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Urban Jewel - Best Modular Example - Seattle, WA

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Dec 1, 2012 10:38:00 AM

THIS EYE-CATCHING MODULAR home demonstrates that modular construction can produce exciting, livable green homes, suitable even for challenging urban sites. The house has



STRUCTURE: Wood frame

SIDING: James Hardie and cedar exteriors

INSULATION: VaproShield, blown-in fiberglass plus 1"-exterior rigid in all modular walls, flash and batt at basement (2" foam and 3.5" fiberglass batts)


WINDOWS: Serious Windows 525 Series fiberglass, Masonite solid core doors with Schlage Latitude levers

HEATING: Fujitsu high-efficiency mini-split heat pump (25 SEER)

APPLIANCES: Bosch, Frigidaire, GE

FAUCETS & FIXTURES: Kohler Toobi, Danze Parma

CABINETS & TOPS: Ikea boxes with custom walnut-apple plywood doors, Squak Mountain Stone and recycled concrete countertops

CLEAN FINISHES: Sherwin-Williams Harmony Zero-VOC paints

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: pre-wired for car-charging in gargae


PAVERS: Mutual Materials Eco-Priora

many features you’d expseattle leed platinumect to find only in a stick-built home, such as 10-ft. ceilings, an open floor plan, and composite decking. But those are just the most obvious sustainable amenities. It also features locally sourced countertops, high-performance windows and insulation, FSC bamboo hardwood floors, and more. Situated in a neighborhood with a 78 walkability score (very high), the four-bedroom house sold quickly to a family of six. With a HERS score of 58, it’s expected to use half the energy and water of a comparable code-built home. 

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PROJECT: Alley House 2

BUILDER: Cascade Built

ARCHITECT: David Foster Architects

LANDSCAPE: Banyon Tree Design

PHOTOS: Sloan Ritchie

  • Modular Perfection

    One of Seattle's first LEED platinum modular homes, this stunning multi-level house fits nicely on a narrow urban infill lot.

  • FSC Bamboo Floors
  • Local Source Countertops

    Constructed in a conditioned warehouse space off site before delivery, the home’s modular units are carefully inspected, with no voids in insulation or other errors common in site-built housing.

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