The Philadelphia Passive House is about to pass into the possession of its new owners. We held two final tour sessions of the home yesterday which were very well attended. Thanks to all of you who came out. Between tour sessions I took some final pictures, and while I may be adding to these over the weekend as we make the place sparkle for the new owners, I figured I would show you what I have so far. We will go with an “image followed by explanatory text” format here.
Above is an image of the house numbers on the outside of the Philadelphia Passive House. These are our “Neutra Style” numbers against the fiber cement lap siding. You can, of course, find these numbers and several other choices in our home customization tool at www.postgreenhomes.com.
I know it is somewhat unorthodox to start with the second floor, but that is just the crazy kind of guy I am. Well, that and I am somewhat more proud of my fist floor photography and would like to finish strong. Anyway, you can see from these pictures that, unlike the M&M clients, these buyers chose not to have a different core color. Thus, Postgreen Gray prevails throughout. The flooring, which we will be cleaning and taking some better shots of, is birch plywood cut to 2×8 sheets and finished with a low-voc product called Parlay 21.
This is another shot taken of the second floor from the opposite direction. Here we are looking front to back along the birch plywood railing. Perhaps the most interesting part of this shot is the solar PV inverter visible to the right. We left this exposed as a conversation piece of sorts. Unfortunately, it is right outside the bathroom which is not generally considered an ideal location for extended conversation.
Speaking of the bathroom, here is the best shot I have taken in there so far. This shot is lit solely by the light from the Solatube and highlights the IKEA bath package with the double sink, double drawer upgrade. Again, repeating an earlier shameless plug, you can design your own bathroom at www.postgreenhomes.com, and we will be adding more options and functionality there as we move forward (end shameless plug). Also in this image you will note our Kohler dual flush toilet. And, while I’m at it, I would like to commend our buyers for their choice in bathroom colors.
These next two images are capturing the first floor from the front (top) and the back (bottom) doors. You will note the finished concrete floors that have been sanded down and coated with Poly-Soy. You also get a nice view of the kitchen and stair, both of which we will get to in a minute. Throughout these images you have probably noticed the windows and back door. These are Serious Materials triple-glazed windows. They have an R-9 rating which is pretty ridiculous for a window, and they happen to look good as well.
These images give you a nice look at our Birch Plywood stair. The wall and the treads are both made of birch plywood that was cut and finished for us by Pappajohn Woodworking. The stringers are made from PSLs which we think look great as a finish. You’ll also notice the “window” cut in the wall which is a favorite of every little kid that has visited the homes.
And finally, the kitchen. This kitchen features our base IKEA cabinets in black lowers and white, aluminum trimmed uppers. The counter is also our base choice. It is made from strand woven bamboo plywood and is finished with a natural oil. The backsplash is more of the birch plywood you have seen throughout and the sink and faucet are both IKEA. The appliances, however, are our highest available upgrade on the Postgreen Homes site. This is the LG appliance package complete with a beautiful full induction cooktop. I will tell you that I am personally very jealous of this kitchen.
Well, that is all the photos I have for you right now. As always, I apologize for the amateur photography, but I will be trying to improve on it in the next batch. If you have any questions on what you see in these images, please hit us up in the comments.
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