The Stewartia pseudocamellia was transplanted this week. With a major multi-family structure scheduled to begin construction later this spring, our tree would not have survived the construction as it was only a foot from the property line. We opted to donate the tree to Seattle Parks. They accepted the donation and chose to locate it at the UW Seattle Arboretum, right at the entry to Azalea Way. It has a nice new home. (Note the crane in the background is for the Roosevelt Light Rail Station.)
Click this link for a short movie of the Tree Relocation
Fence section removed, ready for excavation.
Fully excavated, ready for burlap.
Burlap wrapped, ready for moving!
Planted in its new location.
This will be exciting and we’ll do a follow-up post afterwards. Behind our office, we have a small garden with a lovely 25-foot Stewartia tree near the back property line. Stewart’s are known for their camellia like flowers, glossy leaves and distinctive bark.
A seven-story development will be starting soon on the adjacent property to the north, and unfortunately this means that the Stewartia tree would be destroyed by construction. But, why waste a healthy specimen tree when you can move it!
Lani contacted Seattle Parks and found they they had three locations where such a tree was wanted, and she arranged with Big Trees, Inc. to have our tree moved on the morning of February 28. It will be moved to the Washington Park Arboretum and replanted on the same day around 11:00-11:30 AM, right at the entrance to Azalea Way, across the driveway from the Graham Visitor Center. You can even watch the cool Big Tree equipment and tree-moving process there!
Below is a link to the company that will be moving the tree.
Moving Trees Offsite
This small addition in the green lake neighborhood has just begun and will not be visible from the street. It is not about street appeal. This small addition provides space for a master suite and guest bedroom. But, beyond adding living space, this addition also adds enough optimally oriented roof space for 27 photovoltaic solar panels. They will generate enough power to fully offset the power consumed in the house and charge their electric vehicle. Seattle is going green, one remodel at a time.
The guest bedroom will have its own exterior door for private access.
The foundation walls are complete and slab reinforcing placed. nearly ready for the next concrete pour.
Although we have encouraged sustainability in our projects, photovoltaics have been design engineered out of many of our projects due to historically high installation costs. Over the last few years, however, solar panels and installation costs have dropped considerably, and governmental incentive programs make installations more affordable, with briefer payback periods.
So Larry installed the Johnson Partnership’s first solar installation on his cabin project on the North Fork of the Stillaguamish river between Oso and Darrington. It is a 10-panel array, and since LED lighting is used throughout the cabin, it is sending excess electrical power back to the grid even on cloudy days. Larry is anxiously waiting an on-site internet connection so that he can remotely monitor the installation. Solterra Systems of Seattle designed and installed the system.
The inverter and meter on the northeastern corner of the cabin.
Construction at Stillidale is slowly progressing and the 10 new south facing photovoltaic panels can be seen from the river.
We have been working on the design for a new house optimized for passive solar energy. With the right energy efficient windows, this house will be heated by the sun and a masonry wood heater. It will be built of Structural Insulated Panels and have a heat recovery ventilation unit to allow for fresh air. Our hope is that with tight detailing and careful construction the house will perform the way our energy modeling indicated it would. The house is designed for a family of four to live on a site on Vashon Island. Our clients desired an energy efficient modern house with a Japanese features, including a soaking tub and Japanese shower in the master bath, and a traditional Japanese entry sequence. We are pleased with the design of this house, and feel that our clients will be very comfortable there when construction is complete. Click on this link to download a movie of the project: Solstice House movie
Not mentioned in the article is the fact that the materials for this kitchen were carefully selected for indoor air quality as well as to minimize environmental impact. All of the cabinetry, paints and sealants are low or no-VOC products. The Paperstone countertops are made from recycled paper and a water-based, petroleum-free resin. The butcher-block peninsula counter is fabricated from windfall lumber. The water-based adhesives for the linoleum have no solvents, no VOCs, and little or no odor. All of the appliances are Energy Star rated. The contractor took care to reuse onsite material wherever possible and used FSC certified lumber for all new framing and sheathing.
The materials for this kitchen were carefully selected for indoor air quality as well as to minimize environmental impact. All of the cabinetry paints and sealants are low or no VOC products. The paperstone countertops are made from recycled paper and a water-based, petroleum-free resin. The butcherblock is from windfall lumber. The water-based adhesives for the Linoleum have no solvents, no VOCs, and little or no odor. All of the appliances are energy star rated. The contractor took care to reuse onsite material wherever possible, to reduce landfill contributions and the use of virgin material.
The previous small kitchen has been replaced with a kitchen that is easy to cook in and is now the heart of the home, where the owner prefers to spend most of his time. The kitchen was completely reconfigured, adding 20 square feet in a bay and moving a wall to combine the previously cramped breakfast and kitchen areas into one space. It includes generous counter space, lots of storage, larger windows to let in lots of light, and an eating bar where everyone can gather for parties.
Look for this project in our Remodel portfolio under 55th Street kitchen.
We are currently developing permit and construction drawings for a new two unit residence in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle.
Project Architect Steve Campbell, AIA, and Principal Larry Johnson, AIA, designed this project with a compact layout and for efficient construction. It will incorporate sustainable materials and non-toxic finishes.
Larry Johnson is the newest LEED AP certified professional here at the Johnson Partnership. 100% of the Architectural staff is LEED AP!
Steve Campbell became a LEED AP yesterday afternoon, increasing the percentage of The Johnson Partnership architectural personnel who are LEED accredited professionals to 75%.