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.