Ellis Residence: A Stunning LEED Platinum Home on Bainbridge Island by Coates Design

by , 01/18/13

Ellis Residence, LEED Platinum, Bainbridge Island, Coates Design, Matthew Coates, Seattle, Residence, modern, sustainable, photovoltaic, rainwater collection, green roof

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.

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