NOTE: The NW Eco-Building Guild meeting last night on weatherization was a huge succcess. Over 120 people attended, and the expert presentation by Scott Finley of Atmosphere and David Vollan of Home Performance Inc was very informative. I learned a lot about the latest insulation technology (celloluse applications) and good old insulation and air sealing (it is not all about doors and windows!).
Like a basement conversion, changing a garage into a living space will become even more popular in 2009. Anytime that a homeowner can upgrade an existing space, they will save money over adding new square footage or expanding the structure of their house.
Photos above show a West Seattle project where we carefully finshed out a small garage into a comfortable den/office for a family. Issues included insulation placement, new doorways, and finding a legal parking space on the property. [Design: Ten Directions; Construction: Jim Alexander and Company; Interior Color Selection: Betty Brown].
Below are “before and after” shots of a carport that was enclosed to become a dining room for a small house. The dining room has a new floor installed that is level with the exisitng house. The rest of the carport became a laundry and utility area.
Can this world be made better?
Which way will it turn out?
Meditation Class: I am teaching meditation for beginners in Ballard (Seattle) at 1423 NW 70th Street. The class is every Tuesday at 7:30 – 8:30 PM. I will be teaching on a book, Turning the MInd into an Ally, during February 2009. See: www.Seattle.Shambhala.org
PNA Home Remodel Fair: I will be exhibiting at the Phinney Fair on Sunday Feb. 8 from 10 AM to 4 PM. See: www.phinneycenter.org
Free Design Services: There will be a raffle for free design services for your home at the Phinney Fair. All you need to do is sign in.
Alan Ness (aka ZenArchitect)
Ten Directions Design