With a compact form and several integrated sustainable systems, the Capitol Hill Residence achieves the client’s goals to maximize the site’s views and resources while responding to its microclimate. Some of the sustainable systems are architectural in nature. For example, the roof rainwater collects into a steel entry water feature, day light from a typical overcast Seattle sky penetrates deep into the house through a central translucent slot, and exterior mounted mechanical shades prevent excessive heat gain without sacrificing the view. Hidden systems affect the energy consumption of the house such as the buried geothermal wells and heat pumps that aid in both heating and cooling, and a 30 panel photovoltaic system mounted on the roof feeds electricity back to the grid.
A rain garden collects water and encourages a gentle seeping of overflow onto the mountain surrounding this personal botanical garden called Ushuata. The stone border around the landscaped bed is lowered to grass-level to allow for the collection of run-off from the lawn.
This home's owners are obsessed with color and wanted bright color on every inch of the home's exterior. Various shades of blue connect the house, sited on the ridge of a hill, to the the sky that serve as its backdrop. The complementary orange creates a dynamic contrast. Because the house sits in a special zoning area, the design team could not increase the square footage of the existing house. Instead, they built a separate structure and connected it to the old house with a structurally independent deck.
This modern addition with a roof deck connects to the existing house by a structurally independent deck. The homeowners have an obsession with color, so the design team used bold blue and orange on the exterior, inspired by modern abstract art. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
The fun and sophistication of an urban living space carries out onto this contemporary balcony where bright, sustainable outdoor patio chairs facing a modern fireplace and surprising putting green create a stylish oasis ideal for entertaining during the day or long after the sunset.
In the design of this home's yard, designers installed a statue inspired by Native American artwork, helping to connect the home to the culture of the land. Highlighting the statue are a few indigenous, flowering plants, adding color to the space, but not requiring much water, keeping the yard sustainable and eco friendly.
This family-friendly and sustainable backyard features a raised vegetable garden, built-in bench seating, a safari-style pergola and a nearby breakfast deck with a cozy bistro table. Underneath the pergola, a spacious outdoor dining table can comfortably seat up to 11 people for alfresco entertaining.
This eco-friendly Southwestern style landscaping features modern terraced steps to lead to the home's front door. The plants featured in this garden are drought resistant to stand up to the extreme temperatures of this home's desert location. Other aspects of this design include sustainable materials such as reclaimed stone for the gabion wall and the stone that requires no watering.
This modern, Southwestern style home gets the perfect desert landscape. A gabion wall stands at the back of the yard, next to the foundation of the house to help curb erosion. Small flowerbeds then cascade down the yard along the steps. These beds contain durable plants that can survive the summer heat in this desert climate without much water. Instead of mulch in these beds, the beds are filled with rock to keep from having to grow grass that would require lots of water during the summer months. This way, the home's front yard is completely sustainable.
Much of this home's grassy yard has been replaced with eco friendly flagstone that requires little maintenance and no water. Large stones help to define the feature, giving it a boundary and creating room for the indigenous, floral landscape.
The water conscious homeowners of this modern, Southwestern home boasts drought friendly plants that can easily withstand the dry heat of the summer months. Instead of planting grass that will need to be watered, the homeowners have used gravel to protect the plants' roots from the heat.
This modern, Southwestern style home gets a front yard makeover. The homeowners are concerned with water conservation in the summer months, so the designers used their desert surroundings to inspire their design. Because of the dry soil, erosion is always a worry, so a gabion wall was installed in the back of yard to help stave off any erosion issues. Flowerbeds were then added around the steps leading to the front door. Those beds were filled with desert plants that can easily handle the lack of water they will receive in the summer months. Then, landscapers added stones instead of mulch or grass to fill in the beds and in between the driveway and the stairs to keep down the reliance on water and to give the design a desert feel.
To add dimension to this front yard, the homeowners have used their steps to give the space height. Instead of adding plants of varying heights that could obstruct a direct view of the house, the homeowners have terraced their steps, and also their flowerbeds, to give their drought friendly front lawn a little extra pizzaz.
The concern for this design was sustainability, so to landscape the exterior of the house, the designers used mostly reclaimed materials, like the stones that make up the gabion wall, and plants that wouldn't require much water, such as the cactus.
To enter the beautiful desert oasis in the front of this house, guests walk up a flagstone path lined with indigenous desert plants, connecting this landscape design with the home's natural surroundings.