Every home built by Dwell Development is designed with the goal of net-zero energy use in mind. The Reclaimed Modern home embodies that mindset with the use of repurposed building materials and energy-efficient technology. “We use a holistic approach at Dwell Development similar to the farm-to-table idea, where we incorporate local materials into our homes that are natural, recycled, or repurposed. It’s about making conscious choices,” says owner, Anthony Maschmedt. With materials cultivated from its surroundings, this home lives true to the firm’s principle belief of conservation.
The pathway leading up to the 3,140 square-foot three-story home is made out of repurposed concrete from the public sidewalk removed during construction. The home’s exterior was built using salvaged wood and corrugated metal from a deconstructed barn in the Willamette Valley. Practicing the Dwell Development philosophy, no material is wasted. The barn wood is incorporated into the roof soffit hovering above the deck and Lake Washington views, while the metal is used for the siding and fencing. Abbey Maschmedt, the Design Project Coordinator at Dwell Development, says “We have always used a lot of materials with high recycled content, but the idea of actually taking and reusing materials from old buildings slated for demolition was the next step - a natural evolution.” The organic rusty hue coupled with the modern structure of the home creates an instant patina and a compelling addition to the vibrant urban neighborhood.
The exterior of the home is coated with Enviro-Dri, an applied weather-resistive barrier as opposed to traditional house paper, that seals the exterior of the building against moisture intrusion, protecting the home from the harsh Pacific Northwest climate. The pervious concrete keeps rainwater onsite, recharging the ground water and lessening the burden on the storm water infrastructure. Despite Seattle’s seemingly grey reputation, the sun is a valuable energy resource that did not go unused. Maschmedt’s team installed solar panels to facilitate net-zero living. The solar panels convert energy to usable electricity, offsetting the homeowners’ energy use and reducing their carbon footprint. The home’s triple pane windows keep the heat inside while the Heat Recovery Ventilator provides constant fresh air. The sustainable technology keeps energy usage low while providing a healthy, comfortable environment for its inhabitants.
Builder: Anthony Maschmedt, Dwell Development Architect: Julian Weber, Julian Weber Architects Developer: Anthony Maschmedt, Dwell Development Landscape Architect: Keith Hammer, Dwell NW Interior Designer: Abbey Maschmedt, Dwell Development
Alternative Building Systems: Advanced framing with 2x8 thick walls and dense pack cellulose insulation (R-Value = 27) and 7.39kW of PV on roof
Appliances: 100% ENERGY STAR appliances & WaterSense Fixtures
Automotive: Electric car charging conduit in garage
Building Envelope: Air-tight building envelope with a 2.23 blower door test result
Caulks and Sealants: House wrapped in Tremco EnviroDri
Cabinets, Shelves, Millwork: Cabinets by local manufacturer, Abodian
Countertops: Made from recycled content by local company, Novustone
Door/Hardware: Atrium Windows
Exterior Finishes: Reclaimed wood and metal materials from old barns in Oregon
Fire Protection: NA
Flooring: Reclaimed fir from Sustainable Lumber Co.
Garage Doors: NA
Home Controls: Kirin Home Energy Management System
HVAC/Ducts: On-demad gas fired boiler
Insulation: Dense pack cellulose with an R-value of 27 and OSB sheathing, house wrapped in Tremco EnviroDri; partial rain screen; Foundation insulation type is XPS with an R-value of 20
Lighting: 20% LED, 80% CFL
Paints and Stains: Sherwin Williams
Plumbing Fixtures: tankless on-demand water heater by Navian with EF 0.93; On-demand recirculation pump on structured plumbing loop; toilets 0.8 gallons per flush; Grohe plumbing fixtures 100% WaterSense certified
Renewable Energy System: 7.39kW of PV on roof
Roof: 7.39kW of PV on roof
Specialty Products: Bio retention planters, in-floor radiant heat, 7.39kW of PV, 100% ENERGY STAR appliances; 100% WaterSense fixtures; Kirio Home Energy Management System; electric car charging conduit
Structural: Reclaimed barn wood and metal from local source
Ventilation: Honeywell HRV system running continuously and exhausting stale air while supplying fresh air to all living spaces
Water Filtration: On-demand recirculation pump on structured plumbing loop
Water Heating: Tank-less on-demand water heater by Navian with EF 0.93
Waste Management: Tank-less on-demand water heater by Navian with EF 0.93
Window Coverings: NA
Windows/Skylights/Patio Doors: Triple-paine windows
Other: In-fill lot - utilized existing lot and created two homes by renovating existing home and building a new net zero capable home. Reconfigured lot lines to accommodate detached garage and to allow for greater southern solar exposure. Installed two bio planters to catch rain run-off. Driveways and walkways were all pervious to allow rainwater to recharge the soil. Repurposed the city sidewalk to create the pathway leading to the new home. Recycled 100% of the construction debris and leftover building materials.