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Final Pictures from the M&M House

by Nic Darling on December 3, 2009 · 23 comments

in Construction Updates,passive project,Uncategorized

The first of the two houses in the Passive Project has settled, and the new owners are happy to finally be in their new Postgreen Home. The always hectic lead up to this closing has limited our blogging (as you probably noticed) and made it difficult to take the time for really good images. I did the best I could with these pictures. I hope that give you some idea of the exceptional coolness of this house.

Picture one is a wide view of the kitchen area taken from the front of the house. You can see the concrete floor in the foreground and the edge of the OSB stair wall on the left. The cabinets are made of bamboo as is the backsplash. These clients chose to upgrade to the Bosch appliance package which includes a beautiful induction cooktop, an electric convection oven, a super efficient dishwasher and an Fisher and Paykel fridge since Bosch doesn’t make one that fits in that spot. The kitchen also features an Ecotop counter, an Elkay undermount sink and an IKEA faucet.

This is a closer view of the kitchen. The middle cabinet above the cooktop houses a recirculating vent fan which takes the really sticky stuff out of the air before our ERV takes it out of the house. This picture also gives a good look at the nice contrast between the light and dark bamboo.

Here is a better look at the Bamboo cabinets which are an upgrade from our normal IKEA line. We are very happy with how they turned out.

The Ecotop counters, supplied by Greenable, also turned out great. We are really happy with the clean look they give this kitchen and the material itself feels like it will last a lifetime and then some which seems surprising for something made out of recycled paper and bamboo.

The stair in the M&M House is made with PSL (Parallel Strand Lumber) stringers and OSB stair treads. There is also a OSB wall that hangs above the steps. We are really pleased with how interesting the PSLs look and Pappajohn Woodworking to a great job fabricating and finishing our treads and other OSB.

These shots of the scond floor give you a pretty good look at the OSB floor created for us by Pappajohn Woodworking. You can also see the OSB half wall and the upgraded core color putting a dark accent on the space. This house, unlike others we have done, has a separate bedroom with its own door. The other bedroom area remains open.

The backyard is the “Easiest Maze” landscape option designed by Studio Bryan Haynes and put together by the hardworking crew at Garden Hangouts. We are already happy with how this turned out but it is going to look a lot better with some plants in those boxes. The fence is a custom ISA design also built by Garden Hangouts. We expect this fence to the be the base option whenever we build the Tiger facade.

That’s all the images for now. I will be taking a bunch more of the Passive House next door and we will get some nice exterior shots soon as well. Let us know what you think in the comments.

If you enjoyed reading this post I can promise you'll love our new writing over at Postgreen Homes. Yeah, we know that's the same thing your favorite band said and their new album is nowhere near as good as their early stuff, but seriously, we are actually still getting better.

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1 Claire McEachern December 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

It looks awesome!!! I’m glad the postgreen family is growing :)

2 Marie Darling December 3, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Wow!!! I mean really! The contrast of the different woods looks amazing.

3 Angie DesMarais December 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm

it looks amazing!!!! I want one!!

4 Kaleo and Jana December 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Wow- that looks really cool. I love the use of the OSB on the stair well. And the dark paint on the walls upstairs is a great contrast. Looks great guys.

5 David Ross December 4, 2009 at 11:16 am

The kitchen looks awesome! However, If I were the buyer I think I’d be asking for additional storage fairly quickly. Are there storage options that match the kitchen cabinets or are they all custom made? You don’t want the buyers walking down to IKEA for whatever. Thanks for the inspiration, you guys do great work!

6 Chris December 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Where’s the HVAC pictures ?

7 Patty Russell December 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Awesome, can’t wait to see it! It’s been a long time coming for my daughter and son in law. I know they’re very happy!

8 Julie & Ian December 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Hi Guys, Ian and I like Rosey’s new house. But, however will she reach those very high cabinets? We’re so happy for you and wish you many happy days and nights in your new digs.

9 Micah December 4, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Really nice and great attention to detail… love those kitchen counters. Can you comment on the cost p/sqft of that material versus a quartz or granite?

10 marty December 4, 2009 at 11:55 pm

i really love the look of the psl stringers. personally i find it much more attractive that the bamboo or osb. is there an flooring or paneling options made from this in your budget

11 greenbuildingindenverdotcom December 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I love the simplicity, cost and energy efficiency of the kitchen lighting. LED lighting is finally affordable, so you may want to check it out because it’s twice again more energy efficient.

12 Goran December 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Backyard looks great. Very cool. And its amazing how nice the light from the three bulbs is in the kitchen. It washes the cabinets and wall, while providing down light on the work surface. It would have taken many more fixtures to achieve comparable lighting with recessed lights and pendants.

Did the Passive House design include access to the roof? Can you show some photos of the roof and stairs?

Can’t wait to see more photos.

13 Michael December 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Beautiful execution featuring economical and attractive natural materials…(OSB and Birch plywood)

I’m very impressed with the use of OSB as a finished floor material…and wall material…I’m curious how you are detailing the attachment of these materials…

also I’m curious about the Birch flooring which seems to be made with birch plywood..?

14 Cyndi December 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

It looks great! I really like the upgraded cabinets and the yard & fence look nice too….great job!!!!!

15 chad December 7, 2009 at 10:52 pm


Thanks for the compliments on the lighting. We’re very happy and there is an extra lighting location above the bar with the sink for a customer supplied pendant light if desired.

There is no roof access, but I did snap some photos of the roof and view today which should make an upcoming post shortly.

16 James December 9, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I went to see the 100K Houses few weeks ago and they look impressive. I am also intrigued by the use of exterior panels with
interesting graphic patterns…they looks like cement board of sorts.
Could you tell me more about them and how the graphic images
are imprinted on them ? Thanks !

17 Taryn Zychal December 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Absolutely amazing; the colors, contrast, shapes and textures are all beautifully coherent!

18 Wendy Koch December 13, 2009 at 11:04 pm

I’m moderator of USA TODAY’s new online community, “Green House,” and would like to do a post on the 100K Houses. Can I please use the photos posted on this blog? If so, to whom should I give photo credit? Do you have any other photos/JPGs I could use? THis is a very interesting project. Thanks much. Wendy

19 Tyler December 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Is there really no hood vent for the range or is it just hidden? I know you where looking at a number of options including a ceiling mounted filter grill.

20 Michael T. Bishop December 24, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Very nice work. It’s great to see more conscious development going on today.

21 brent July 26, 2010 at 9:16 pm

so whats the paint code for the dark blue on the wall? also how are the adjoining the pieces of birch on the floor, are they t&g ing everything by hand then glueing down the floor?

22 Woodworking Philadelphia April 18, 2012 at 1:46 am

I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now and I always find a gem in your new posts. Thanks for sharing!

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