American architectural practice Coates Design has completed the Ellis Residence in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Ed, house owner, describes the first morning in their home,
When I saw the sunrise with the skyline of Seattle as a backdrop the whole process was all worth it.
Perched high upon Yeomalt Bluff, the Ellis Residence enjoys a commanding 180-degree view of Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. Owners Ed and Joanne Ellis had a special goal in mind when they decided to build a sustainable home in the beautiful surroundings of Bainbridge Island, WA. Their goal was two-fold: they wanted to prove that sustainability can be achieved without compromising a modern aesthetic design and they wanted to motivate others to follow suit.
The Ellis’s are proud to say that their home is designed to be the first LEED© Platinum outside the city of Seattle. The design limits its impact on the environment with a multitude of sustainable practices. Through implementation of geothermal, photovoltaic, solar hot water, and advanced heat-recovery technologies this home has succeeded in reducing the energy consumption by more than 70% compared to a typical home construction. The home also makes use of rain water cisterns for irrigation of native landscaping and a vegetated roof. The project’s ecologically small footprint was not just constrained to the construction of the new house. Rather than demolishing the existing structure on the site, the team deconstructed, it effectively diverting 98% of its material from the landfill.
The home features intimate multi-use spaces that frame exceptional views of Seattle across Puget Sound. The view is best seen from the dining/living room’s large expanse of glass windows and doors that open out to a concrete patio.
Another great location to capture the vistas beyond is the sunken concrete tub in the master bath and on the accessible vegetated roof. The anticipation of Ed and Joanne’s unique goal encompassed a 3 year process. This is a small price to pay when your home is a model of sustainability.
+ Project credits / data
Project: Ellis Residence
Completed: 2010 – 2,560 sf
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA
Architect / Designer: Matthew Coates – Coates Design | http://www.coatesdesign.com
General Contractor: Rob Smallwood – Smallwood Design and Construction
Landscape Architect: Jack Johnson – Outdoor Studio
Structural Engineer: Jack Wiggins – Quantum Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Israel Gaphni – Sound Mechanical
Interior Designer: Melissa Anderson – All in the Details
Photographer(s): Roger Turk – Northernlight Photography, Art Grice & Coates Design
Bathroom fittings (faucets, etc.)
Delta Lahara single control WaterSense faucet, Toto Helix sensor faucet, & Grohe Ladylux Cafe & Essence.
Bathroom fixtures (sinks, etc.)
Kohler Caxton undermount sink, St. Thomas undermount sink, & owner supplied glass sink. Caroma sydney smart 270 easy height round front toilet.
Fir – Custom designs by Mountain View Cabinets
Cooktop (if different from oven or range)
Miele – Ceramic Cook top with Induction
Caeserstone Countertops and Fuez
Miele – Energy Star
Frank Lumber and Hardware “The Door Store”
1×4 FSC Ironwoods Ipe and MTL panels, ablitt sheet MTL.
Flooring—ceramic tile, stone, or concrete
Exposed Concrete – Kurpgeweit Brothers
Vida cork planks, Ecohaus
Heating and Cooling HVAC equipment
Geothermal and hydroponic radiant, Sullivan
Kitchen fittings (faucets, etc.)
Bamboo – Custom designs by Mountain View Cabinets
Kitchen fixtures (sinks, etc.)
Kohler single compartment self-rimming – stainless steel sink.
Halo, Juno, Bocci, Bega, Access Lighting
Oven or range (if different from cooktop)
Miele oven H 4881 BP
Ground Face CMU, Sherwin – Williams No VOC Paints, Low VOC Stains
Concealed Miele 1801
Cooley PVC Roof by Hanley Roofing
Solar energy system
Sun Wind Concepts – renewable energy concepts
Loewen Triple – Glazed
Hydroponic Radiant Heating
Thermal Massing CMU Walls
No VOC Paints
Low VOC Stains
90% FSC wood use to LEED Platinum Standards
Belco Forest Products
Edensaw Woods. LTD.
Disdero Lumber Co.
Specialty Forest Products, Inc.
Miele – Energy Star Dishwasher
Low Flow toilets and fixtures meet
LEED Platinum Standards