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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These homeowners' main concern is that the exterior of their home be very drought friendly, so they used a gabion wall, made of reclaimed materials, to add to the ambiance of their desert oasis. The plants featured in this design are drought resistant and can go for quite a time without a drop of water. Some of the plants include: cactus, agave and yucca.
Leading to this Southwestern home's stucco facade, a flagstone pathway ushers guests through the landscaped yard. Benches line the path so that guests and homeowners can rest and admire the beauty of the desert plants and landscape that surrounds this home both in and outside the fence.
These homeowners have continued their water-conscious design into the backyard. Here, they have also replaced the grass with gravel, and the plants they have used can withstand the drought. The gazing pool in the yard is the perfect place to relax on a warm day, but will not need constant refilling.
In the backyard, some height is added with a tree, which is drought resistant, just like the rest of the plants that have been planted in this yard. Throughout the backyard, different colored stones have been used to help add some color and distinction to the space without having to plant more plants or grass.
The designers of this beautiful Southwestern style landscape use natural colors to make the space standout. The brown hues of the rocks in the gabion wall and the tile accent steps compliment that natural green hues of the desert plants that surround them, making the landscape of this house match the natural landscape of the land that surrounds it.
This modern Southwestern style home is eco-friendly-something the homeowners are concerned about. The drought resistant plants will hold up in the harsh desert climates, and instead of grass, the homeowners have used gravel and other rocks to cut down on their water consumption.