This new custom house, completed in late 2012, was designed with an accessory dwelling unit to take advantage of an allowance in the single family zoning code in Seattle. The primary dwelling, 1300 square feet on the upper two stories houses a mother and teenager. The accessory dwelling, 750 square feet, provides a leasable smaller space that can be for a tenant or downsizing in the future.
The design is modern and extremely green, maximizing the performance of the envelope of the building, access to daylight through high-performance glazing, solar preheat for domestic and hot water in floor heating and reclaimed fir car decking for much of the rainscreen siding.
Visible from all rooms in the open interior living spaces are two complementary objects, one, a frosted lexan pantry lit from within and the other, a slatted cedar bathroom also lit from within. Exterior decks extend the main interior living spaces while sliding glass panels allow the primary bedroom to connect as well.
The Greenwood Residence was a selection of the Future Shack 2012 Exhibit at 4Culture by AIA Seattle.