Situated on Yeomalt Bluff overlooking Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline, the Ellis Residence is a renovation of an existing home that resulted in the reuse of more than 80% of the existing materials. The new home cuts energy consumption by 70% with the innovative use of geothermal heating, photovoltaic energy systems, and smart construction techniques. Other key sustainable features include rainwater collection, FSC and recycled wood products, triple-glazed windows (it is Washington after all) and a green roof. If this home was a superhero it would be the Hulk – green and mean!
The home is a modern volumetric interpretation that draws inspiration from historic homes by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Arthur Erickson and even Bainbridge Island-based James Cutler. The Ellis Residence is made up of two separate buildings: the main house and a garage with a studio above. The driveway introduces visitors to the garage first, which is a longer rectilinear building with a cantilevered studio set above an open-air car port. Natural wood siding accents the garage building, which is mostly made from glazing and black metal paneling. A 3,000 gallon rainwater collection cistern is located between the garage and the house, and the driveway is covered with permeable pavers.