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LEED Platinum Alley House

July 30, 2009

We have just teamed up with Sloan Ritchie of Cascade Built to list his “Alley House” in Madison Valley, one of the first LEED platinum certified single-family houses in Seattle.

Alley House

This 1,830 square-foot, three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath modern home redefines urban infill development with it’s unique back alley location and tree-top views. It’s also chalk full of eco elements, including: structually insulated panels, rain screen siding, a green roof, concrete & recycled wood floors, prewiring for photovoltaics and solar hot water, dual-flush toilets, drainwater heat recovery, raingardens and grasscrete parking.

“This house is super-efficient in every regard. The “building envelope” was carefully designed and constructed so as to retain heat in the cooler months yet allow passive cooling in the summer. It is not “stick-built” with 2×4’s like most houses, instead it uses Structural Insulated Panels, which are way more efficient for insulation. This house is 50% more efficient than another similar brand new code home, and roughly 70% more efficient than the average Seattle home. Utility bills don’t get out of the double digits, even with the snows we had this winter”. – Sloan Ritchie

Alley House Entry

Finishes and materials range from a cool palette of zero VOC paints and Caesarstone countertops to a powder room fitted with a reclaimed fiber Kirei board door. Every square inch of this 3-story home has been maximized, yet it remains both open and inviting. Oversized windows and glass doors connect the main floor living space to the private bamboo courtyard, and the entire third floor is a master suite with a private, south facing balcony overlooking the green roof and Madison Valley. Check out the Alley House slideshow!

Alley House Kitchen

At $659,000, this ultra modern, super energy-efficient townhome alternative is definitely priced well for it’s central location, neighborhood walkability and amenities. Sloan wrote about his experiences living in this house, and in the Madison Valley neighborhood, which you can read more about by visiting our Alley House – Featured Listing page.

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