The last time we brought you the story of the Ellis Residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington, Coates Design had just released the design to the public and construction had begun. Now, after two years, this LEED Platinum home shines as an example of modern design made green. Read on for a look at this stunning finished project!
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 materiality of the home reflects the unique style of contemporary architecture in the Pacific Northwest.
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.
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.
Other key sustainable features include rainwater collection, FSC and recycled wood products, triple-glazed windows (it is Washington after all) and a green roof.
The Ellis Residence's interior material palette is a mixture of stained concrete flooring, concrete block walls, rich natural wood, and painted gyp board.
During the warmer months of the year the living room literally can open up to the outdoors.
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.
The natural wood on the ceiling and walls helps to warm the interior living spaces.
As a one of the first LEED Platinum homes in the Northwest, the Ellis Residence has given Coates Design a plethora of good press.
The kitchen receives a great amount of daylight keeping energy bills low.
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.