Our neighborhood of Seattle is full of what some call “Ballard boxes,” tiny cottages that are short on space and insulation. These drafty old homes are often purchased by developers or homebuyers and torn down.
The owners of this particular box went in a different direction. They commissioned Heliotrope Architects to design a sister structure that was faithful to the neighborhood’s small-scale, peaked-roof homes. Regional builders Hammer and Hand completed the high-performance shell, drawing on their expertise building Passive House structures to create an air-tight, highly efficient new living space and updating the old. The homeowners, who come from a design background themselves, took on all the finish work to keep costs under control.
The result is a visually interesting home consisting of two wings, classic and modern, connected by a breezeway in the middle.
The designer, the builder, and the homeowners will all be telling the story of how this house came together and offering tours. The event quickly sold out, but we just released a few more tickets. Space is extremely limited, but I hope you can join us if you are in the Seattle area.