It’s a bittersweet time for the owners of the 100K House project homes. Both homes are being put back on the market for the first time since they were built as both families move on to the next phase in their journey through life.
My wife, Courtney, and I are expecting our second child (Mr. Ryker J. Ludeman) in the month of May and desire a division of space in our next house to minimize night time crying battles as much as possible. Our neighbors in the 120K are moving into a rental as they contemplate a move to the West Coast as they are both finishing up their Masters Degrees in Sustainability. While we’d both love to own these homes forever, we just can’t make it work at this time in our lives.
Yes, many of you commented that a larger family could not work in the 100K. You are right to a degree. We could make it work for a year or so, but there’s something about not being able to close a door to our bedroom for a bit of privacy as the boys get older that just doesn’t sit quite right with us. This house was never intended for a family of four. It has been perfect for us to date and hopefully it will be perfect for the next owner. We think it will.
The 100K will be listed next week most likely for $299K. The 120K is already listed for $319K. The 120K is the one with the orange door on the corner if you are driving by. It has more windows, is 2′ wider than the 100K, has an awesomely wide floating staircase, has a ridiculously huge backyard (by Philly standards) and a fully custom kitchen by Pappajohn Woodworking. This is why it is listed for slightly more than ours on the inside with the green door.
While you’ve come to know these homes well here, some new folks may not know everything about them. They aren’t the largest homes in Philly, but we think they may be the most heavily decorated homes in the city in some key categories. Some of their accolades are listed below:
- LEED Platinum Certified by the USGBC
- Energy Star Certified and 50% more efficient than a new code home (utilities bills less than $100 per month on average)
- LEED for Homes Project of the Year in 2010 awarded by the USGBC (this is a bid deal they tell us)
- AIA Philadelphia Award Winner (ISA tells us this is a big deal)
- AIA Pennsylvania Award Winner (ISA tells us this is a bigger deal)
- National AIA Housing Award
- Multiple magazine features including Metropolis Mag, Dwell Mag, GRID and GOOD Mag
- Newsprint mentions including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal and many more
- Numerous articles and posts on the top green building blogs and architecture sites around the world
Here are some of the better pics and videos on the project to complete this post. While we are both sad to leave the project, we are also excited to see who the new owners will be and how they will live in the homes.
100K House Postgreen Homes Flickr Set
Inspired by Design: New Gen, Next Gen by Babelgum