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.
The materiality of the home reflects the Pacific Northwest’s unique style of contemporary architecture. The Ellis Residence’s interior material palette is a mixture of stained concrete flooring, concrete block walls, rich natural wood, and painted gyp board. Natural daylight floods the interior living spaces of the home, and views are found in wonderful locations such as the master bathtub. Coates Design created a warm and innovative space for the Ellis family to live.
As a one of the first LEED Platinum homes in the Northwest, the Ellis Residence has given Coates Design a plethora of good press. It won the 2011 Dream Home Award, the Best Innovation in Green Technology award, and the 2010 Bath of the Year from Seattle Homes and Lifestyles. Matthew Coates, founder of Coates Design, continues to be one of the most sought-after green architects in the Northwest. Congratulations to Coates Design.
Images courtesy Roger Turk/Northlight Photography