When builder Donna Shirey looks back on her 1950s Cleveland childhood, she realizes her family’s house featured lots of “green” products: the “energy-saving” clothesline strung across the basement, or the “water-conserving” clothes washer that required hauling water from tub to tub.
Now, as Donna and her husband Riley put the finishing touches on the Zero Energy Idea House, their new residence they’re building on Bellevue’s West Lake Sammamish Parkway, green laundry options and more have come a long way. Working with interior designer Autumn Donavan of Sammamish, the Shireys have focused on smart choices that “minimize energy while maximizing style,” throughout the home. Here’s a preview of some of the innovative products you’ll see at the home’s free public tours in June.
See our other Idea House stories:
East meets West (Sept/Oct 2012)
Home Green Home (January/February 2010)
Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece: Inside the 425 Idea House
Elegant Meets Rustic: Inside 425′s Coal Train Cabin
Finishing Touches: Picking Products for a Resort Home
Healthy Home: A Snoqualmie Family Goes Green
Ultra Green: Construction’s Under Way on Zero Energy Idea Home (March/April 2009)
Close to Home, Yet Far Away: Second Homes at Suncadia are Drawing People East (July/August 2008)