As part of a larger whole house remodel, this kitchen evolved to be very special as the owners are 'foodies plus' by interest and for their business. Features of note: the kitchen sink is placed to enjoy the best view (should be obvious but often isn't considered), excellent flow for cooking, the open plan concept is taken further with outdoor views and daylight in from 3 sides, a true cooking fireplace, a window seat, a pantry, and a very large island. An intentionally large one. The dining room table is eliminated. Seating is at the island. This brings everyone to the event of cooking, eating, enjoying.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Posted on February 20 in GreenBuildingAdvisor.com is the article "Regional variations on the 'Pretty Good House'. They define 'pretty good house' as a house that seeks to balance construction cost and energy performance without being constrained by the dictates of existing green building programs or rating systems. i.e. be practical, be effective, make smart choices, find the right blend that fits your particular situation. This is how we approached the Heeschen Residence. We (I include the owner here) looked at, borrowed and incorporated good energy efficiency and sustainable, green building practices from many green building programs. Let's name this approach: the "just right house".
It should be said about green building programs and certification - there is value in certification as it provides a record of achieved benchmarks. It sets a standard for the builders, particularly if they are not so well versed or committed to sustainable, green building. The certificate is a 'value added' feature should the home or building be sold.