Project FactsBaldwin Residence
Seattle, WA USA
- Completed - 2006
- Funding - Private
IntroductionSeattle is a city in the State of Washington in the Pacific Northwestern corner of the US set in an extraordinarily beautiful natural setting on Puget Sound with lakes, rivers, forests, islands and mountains in abundance. It's 600,000 people live in dense residential neighborhoods in a mix of predominantly (Read more)
DescriptionThis three-story home is located in Seattle’s Greenlake neighborhood, a dense neighborhood of two and three family homes. This project replaces a small deteriorated home that could not be saved so it is an “in-fill” project. A level front entrance makes it easy to move bikes and strollers (Read more)
Design and the User ExperienceThe residents of the house are a middle-income, white professional couple with two small children. No one in the family has a functional limitation. Their large extended families and many friends include some occasional visitors with disabilities. Since the home is in a residential neighborhood, there (Read more)
EvaluationAlthough the lot is narrow (33’-6” wide), the house feels spacious due to its open layout. There is a center “hub” with a high vertical space over the dining room to enhance the sense of openness. This makes it easier to communicate with people between floors. Additionally, there are adjoining (Read more)
Universal Design Features
- There are accessible gently sloping paths to both the front entry (from the street) and the rear entry (from the alley).
- There are no steps going into the house, which makes it easy for anyone using wheels from strollers to bicycles to rolling suitcases and shopping carts as well as someone using a wheelchair or a scooter. All of the exterior doors have level thresholds.
- All door handles and cabinet pulls are designed to be easy to open for people with limited hand dexterity, and they are also easy for us to use when our hands are full.
- A shelf next to the front door for resting packages on while trying to find your keys. * All doors throughout the house are wide (3'-0") for enhanced maneuverability and are convenient for moving furniture and large objects around. * The stairs wrap around three stacked closets, which are sized and wired for a future elevator should the need arise someday. Currently, the extra-deep closet space provides storage for strollers and tricycles. The upstairs section of the closet is used as a reading nook for bedtime stories.
- The showers are all curb-less which allows someone with a disability to roll in using their wheelchair, and eliminates a potential tripping hazard. The shower controls are offset, so a caregiver could easily operate them without getting wet.
- The bathrooms sinks have removable base cabinets on lockable caster wheels that may be rolled away when the resident needs to be in a seated position.
- The kitchen has several Universal Design elements including: a wall oven at accessible height, a wide clearance between the island and counter, a sink with a pull-out spray near the stove for filling pots, and a smooth glass energy-efficient induction cook top allows for easy transfer of pots and pans, and is safe for our children because it doesn’t get too hot. The controls of the cooktop are lockable and are located along the front so that the user does not need to reach across the burners to adjust the heat level.
- The main level has smooth wood flooring which reduces tripping and makes it easier to use wheeled objects. Efficient radiant heating under the floor creates comfortable, even temperatures and eliminates the need for ducts and vents, thus making it easier to arrange furniture.
- Used playground tiles under the deck were made from recycled tires which provide a soft enough surface for falling on, but also a firm enough surface for a tricycle or wheelchair.
Environmentally Sustainable Features
- The flooring on the main floor is made from wood scraps taken from manufacturers of engineered wood beams, and milled into flooring.
- Deck and porch surfaces are made of composite decking made from recycled plastic and reclaimed wood, and never need to be painted or stained.
- The exterior railings are made from locally harvested cedar, a renewable resource and resistant to rotting.
- The siding is made of local fiber cement, which is non-toxic, durable, and low maintenance and made locally in Tacoma, Washington.
- Re-used playground tiles (made from recycled tires) are used for the ground surface at the basement patio.
- The carpeting in the basement and on the upper floor is tightweave for accessibility and is made from recycled soda bottles.
- Kitchen backsplashes are made from sections of old chalkboards salvaged from a local high school that was undergoing renovation.
- The house is oriented for good solar access, and all windows have low emissivity and high U-values.
- All landscaping is drought-tolerant, which reduces water usage.
5228 Kirkwood Pl. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Single Family Residence
Completed November 2006
Construction Cost: $447,000
Total Project Cost $747,000 (including land)