Although this may look like just a single family residence, it's actually two - a two bedroom home on the upper floors and a one bedroom apartment at the ground level. Designed by b9 Architects for a mother and her teenage son, the Family Share Residence also provides an auxiliary dwelling unit for the owner's father so he can live on-site with them. The compact home maximizes natural light and utilizes a natural palette of materials including sustainably-sourced lumber, a solar hot water and even a green roof.
The owner wanted to maximize site use by creating multiple residences, so she hired b9 Architects to design a double family residence. First, the original 1930s home was completely deconstructed by Seattle’s RE Store to salvage as many parts as possible for future construction. The new home features a 795 sq ft, one bedroom apartment at grade, which was designed so that the owner’s father could live with them but have his own space. In the future, the home will have a great resale value and will provide steady income with the auxiliary dwelling unit as a leasable space. The primary residence above is 1,330 sq ft with two bedrooms for the owner and her son. The compact new home actually takes up less space than the original and works well with the topography.
A green theme permeates the entire house thanks to the use of energy-efficient design and sustainable materials. A high-performance building envelope minimizes energy loss, while a reclaimed fir rainscreen, sourced from a deconstructed warehouse in Tacoma and provided by Windfall Lumber, protects the building from weather. High-performance glazing provides daylight without overheating, a solar preheat helps minimize energy use for domestic hot water, and in-floor radiant heating and a green roof further increase efficiency. The home features sustainable materials like reclaimed wood, formaldehyde-free cabinetry, Ecotop counters and Paperstone. The Family Share Residence was completed in 2012 and was selected as part of the AIA Seattle Explore Home Tour in 2013 and is a selection in the AIA Seattle Future Shack 2012 Exhibit at 4Culture.
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