• Built Green Idea House - EcoStone Patio with Holland Border
  • Puget Sound Energy Built Green Idea House

Puget Sound Energy Idea House

  • Location Issaquah, WA
  • Design Firm Mithun
  • General Contractor Bennett Homes
  • Specialty Contractor Natural Concepts

The Puget Sound Energy Built Green Idea Home was the Northwest’s first demonstration home dedicated to the concepts of sustainable home building and living. It showcased simple, environmentally friendly design and product ideas. From top to bottom, inside and out, no detail was overlooked to make it a comprehensive display of nearly 100 of the latest green building techniques.

Uni Eco-Stone® pavers were used on the ground level patio and driveway. For the “green roof” garden, opening off the master bedroom, durable Vancouver Bay Architectural Slabs were suspended over a waterproof membrane on a system of plastic pedestals and PVC piers. This allows rainwater to be collected in a rain barrel and provides drip irrigation to the plant/flower containers. ManorStone® retaining wall units construct the green roof’s large flowerbeds. Iron Mountain flagstone was used for walkways and as an extension to the home’s rear patio to accent the natural, indigenous materials theme.

Products Used

  • Permeable Pavers
  • Traditional Pavers
  • Traditional Retaining Walls
  • Architectural Slabs & Patio Stones

Even in a 100-year storm event in December 2008, the paver system allowed all the stormwater to infiltrate, reducing the risk of a sewer overflow into nearbay Elliott Bay.

Advice:

“The four most popular patio styles are dining patios, living room patios, bistro patios and sundeck patios. Each of these patio styles serves a different purpose. You can incorporate one, or all of them into your yard, depending on how much space you have available.”

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