This cool cliff house design in Bainbridge Island, Washington is a lesson in aesthetically conscious and environmentally friendly architecture. With sustainability and style neck and neck, the Ellis Residence by Coates Design was intended to inspire home owners and designers to think outside the box, setting an example for the future home design. Set atop Yeomalt Bluff, the house enjoys 180-degree vistas of Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline from its cliff-top spot. The natural surroundings clearly play a role in the home’s organic look. Natural stone, wood and glass put the home in limbo between earthy and modern. But there is another environmentally friendly level to the design. This LEED Platinum home is actually a deconstruction and reconstruction of an existing house, with 80% of its materials being recycled/reused. The house includes a multitude of eco-sustainable features, like geothermal and photovoltaic systems, solar hot water and advanced heat-recovery technologies, all contributing to the reduction of energy consumption by 70%. Rainwater recycling provides for irrigation of the native plantings in the yard and rooftop garden. Coates Design.
(above: rooftop garden)