Built Green Conference


Built Green Conference 

Seattle and Snohomish Counties Built Green Program will be hosting an annual event this week. Many different tracks of speakers will be offering different topics. It’s one of the few events in the area where the green building community can come together mingle and network.

Yours truly will be there spreading the good word about the www.nwgreenhometour.org.

This event is always full of good information and surprises, visit the website for more information.

Built Green Conference

Please be sure to say hello!


Built Green conference

You won't see this at the conference, but much better ideas

Maple Leaf Townhome for Sale

Maple Leaf Townhome for Sale

Brand new opportunity to pick up this great townhome in one of Seattle’s most desirable neighborhoods, Maple Leaf.  It’s a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, with beautiful cherry inlaid floors, a waisthigh built-in gas living room fireplace, stone countertops, and vaulted ceilings. These might be not be uncommon things for some people. Then add the wider than usual foot print, the south facing windows on this end unit, the oversized single car garage that allows for a work bench and storage.  You will also notice details such as crown molding, real wood blinds, ceiling fans in the upper two bedrooms with the W/D on the bedroom level and of course stainlesss steel appliances.  In-city living in this townhome won’t feel like living in a shoehorn.

Town Home in Mapleleaf

Unusual high end finishes

Maple Leaf is a great North Seattle  neighborhood  central to all services in walking distance. Schools, hardware stores, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and a very famous tile store are all down the road. Not to mention parks and other public spaces. It’s a great neighborhood for so many reasons.

High end finishes

Open concept kitchen with stone countertops and stainless steel appliances


This location boasts a pretty good walk score, bike score, and with the introduction of the light rail at Northgate, the rating is bound to climb even higher. There is ample on street parking  in this area. Bustop is one block away. This was one of the first homes in the Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties, an MBA program and has a certificate on file.


End unit townhome 1 star built green

South End Unit Townhome with oversized garage

Stop by this weekend at 9600 Roosevelt Way NE from12-4 for the open house I’ll be hosting as the buyer’s agent, to take a look. Don’t delay, this will go quickly. Leave some time to stroll down Roosevelt Way NE and stop for a nosh or a latte at one of the many choices within a few minutes travel from the conveniently located home.




New Home on Market in Seattle’s Madison Valley

New Home on Market in Seattle’s Madison Valley

Open Sunday 1-4. Stop by and say hello and at this Cascade Built home new to the market. Your’s truly will be holding this Built Green home open for your viewing. This is one of three homes available at this site.

Fabulous Rooftop Deck

Territorial View from the Sunny Rooftop Deck

4 Star Built Green third party designation to be awarded soon to this centrally located new home.

  • Fantastic rooftop deck with view
  • Modern design
  • Walk Score of 77
  • Transit Score 57
  • Bike Score  61
  • Efficient mini-split heat pump
  • Heat recovery ventilation
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • On demand hot water heater
  • Radiant heat
  • and so much more….
Modern Madison living

Clean Modern Floor Plan Including Kitchen

Walk to so many shops, restaurant, parks. Yet just minutes to Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, Madrona, Lake Washington Park,the University District, Lake Washington and Seattle University.

For more information contact Kim.


Open this Weekend– Built Green, Denny/Blaine/Bush School — 541 Lake Washington Blvd E

Seattle WA

Are you looking for a smartly built home in a great neighborhood in Seattle?  This new construction showpiece is a stunner. Overlooking Madison Valley and yet it’s in dog walking distance to the Arboretum. Perched on a hill, you are in the trees, with added bonus of lots of light and  privacy. Located on the local walking trail to Bush School.

Open House Kim Mulligan

Denny Blaine New Construction Built Green

The Design/Build firm First Lamp is targeting a 4 Star Built Green rating, and NW Energy Star and should easily achieve the popular 3rd party designation. It’s a multi-functional home for a family who likes to entertain, empty-nesters, someone to likes to work at home, or a number of other households. So many beautiful views, if the valley is fogged in there is always the green roof with an explosion of color any season of the year. The cheery sedums are visible from the home office, laundry or master suite.

Flexible Uses in This Floor Plan

The great floor plan and modern finishes, all have been thoughtfully and executed to really wow the visitor. The lower level could be for entertaining, a home business office to meet clients, a home theater, a studio, guest or Au pair suite, a rec room or?  What really stands out is the flexibility of the design so easy for multiple uses in each room. Are you a home body an entertainer?  Both personalities can appreciate this house.


Green Home for Sale Seattle

Overlook Bush School and Madison Valley over the Colorful Roof

Located on a seldom used public right away, the lot seems much larger and allows for other landscaping options. It blends in with the natural environment in part because of the the unusual cedar finish  Shou sugi ban. A what’s-old-is-new-again environmentally friendly finish.

Open this weekend 1-4 Saturday and Sunday, this house will go pending soon. This is the home many home buyers are looking for, so come and see it while you can. It’s a bit of the beaten path, so feel free to call for directions. Here is the listing.

This house is highly desirable due to the green rating, the location, but most of all the quality of construction and design. It won’t last long. As the buyer’s agent for the open houses, I can help you craft a competitive offer, just give me a ring for a private showing.




The Low Hanging Fruit with NWEBG

 The Low Hanging Fruit with NWEBG

Green Building is taking off  Seattle. In fact we are one of the leaders in the nation due to public demand and to local policies.

Come join us on Wednesday July 23, 2014 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in fabulous Phinneywood the the monthly education session. This will be a a discussion on the low hanging fruit of green building as it relates to Developers, Design Professionals, Real Estate Agents and of course the residents of homes.

There will be time after the talk to ask questions of the presenters. Refreshments are usually offered, so come and meet some other like-minded professionals, homeowners and students in an informal setting.

Guild members are happy to share their knowledge and no matter how deep you knowledge may go, there is always something new to be learned at every NWEBG meeting.


Kim Mulligan Eco Building Guild

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2014 NW Green Home Tour Kicks Off

2014 NW Green Home Tour Kicks Off

As this year winds up, a group of very dedicated people are working hard on the April 26th NW Green Home Tour for next year. Using the previous 3 years as a starting template we are bound to have a very successful year. There are more 3rd party certified new homes built this year than ever before.  The sheer number of homes being built smart, combined with a growing awareness in the general public and with industry professionals is proving that “green” adds lasting a value.

Sign up now for the Seattle area Green Home Tour

Get in now to be a part of the tour. Call for sponsors, site hosts and volunteers

Appraisers are learning to add a monetary value to the high performance features. Real Estate agents are being trained in numbers before previously unseen in the systems and special features of green homes. Banks have discovered that green home buyers are less likely to forfeit on their loans. Indeed, there is talk of EEMs and other loan products for green homes coming back in a big way.  Some lenders realize the energy savings can skew the lending ratios in favor of the buyer.  The value of smart building is being quantified and tabulated monetarily.

Sustainability both financially and environmentally is not just a passing fad, it is actually the future of building. The Seattle area is in the forefront of a national movement. You can own a home built to future codes now. In fact, both the previous 2 and 3 star self certified homes under our Built Green program won’t be an option soon. The energy code is already risen above some of the lower benchmarks. Recently Built Green of King and Snohomish counties have added the highest level yet. The “Emerald” level for homes that are Net Zero or better in their energy performance. You may have driven past such a home in your neighborhood not knowing that not only are the solar panels on the roof generating enough power for the residents of the home, but for some of the neighborhood as well.


Look into the NW Green Home Tour. You will likely see many of the types of homes we have had on the tour in the past years. Some of the tour homes categorized as Passive House, Built Green, LEED,  approaching Living Building Challenge, Detached Accessory Dwelling Units, Rain Gardens, Solar Systems, or Permaculture sites.

We are currently recruiting site hosts, sponsors, and volunteers. If you would like to be included please contact us and we can put you in touch with the right person to get your questions answered.

Remember: “A code-built house is really the worst house you can build”.  Why not raise the bar, increase your comfort, save money in the shorter term and make more money in the long run. Be an eco-capitalist, while bettering your health and increasing your comfort. In other words pay attention to the triple bottom line.


Phinney Ridge Neighborhood in Seattle Named #7 Hot Market in Nation

Phinney Ridge Neighborhood in Seattle Named #7 Hot Market in Nation

The Puget Sound Business Journal named Phinney Ridge as one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the nation. The Eastside publication quotes a Real Estate company that doesn’t have offices nationwide, and there is no back up data offered. People in other parts of the country reading this might have heard about Greenlake on Oprah years ago, about South Lake Union, Alki Beach or Belltown. Oddly enough many people in Seattle haven’t even heard of Phinney Ridge, they think of it as Ballard, or Greenwood or Fremont. This is one of the smaller micro-hoods in the city. How do I know this?  Because I have made it my home for quite some time.

Top Market in Real Estate

So many views to choose from on the Ridge. This one looks West over Ballard towards the Olympic Mountains

Don’t get me wrong. I have lived here for so long because I think it’s pretty great. If offers spectacular views (as do many other neighborhoods in the area). Views in 360 degrees can be found, in fact some condo roof tops do indeed have both mountain ranges, the Puget Sound and Greenlake, Mt Rainier and Mt Baker to gaze at on a clear day. Our walk score is around 74 with a bike score of 71.  We have great schools with involved parents, wonderful parks, including the Woodland Park Zoo, and even our own little main street of innovative independent, local businesses. Our anchor is the PNA Community Center, which has been an innovative model for building strong communities for decades.

The combined neighborhoods of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood are often referred to as Phinneywood.  It’s a stretch of road about a mile long that makes up a Main street of sorts. It turns into a pedestrian promenade once a month for the Art Walk and for city sponsored events such as the Greenwood Car Show and Summer Streets.

It’s agreed by my neighbors who just move across the street to upsize from their starter houses that homes once listed, tend to fly off the market in no time at all. We do have a shortage of homes for sale and we have for years.

The company who shall remain nameless that authored the article is great at hype. Last year Lawton Park was named the hottest neighborhood by a Realtor.  Not only have most people in Seattle not heard of this neighborhood, but many people that live there don’t know they live in a neighborhood by that name. As special as this little part of the world called Phinney Ridge is I can’t believe it is more sought after than parts of LA, Chicago, Manhattan or Boston.

If you want to be part of the Ridge contact me and you can be aware of homes as they are up for sale I can give you the ins and outs and I will ask you if you are a morning or a night person. It makes a difference on what part of the hill you live on.

I prefer to quote a more reliable source, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”


Phinney Ridge Seattle named Hot neighborhood

Want good neighbors? Move to Phinney Ridge


West Seattle Craftsman Home For Sale

West Seattle Craftsman Home For Sale

Perched towards the top of the hill that is known as West Seattle is this 1923 gem.  The corner lot allows abundant light to this updated reminder of the past. It includes all the charm that draws people to Craftsman houses, the fir floors, , the built-in generously proportioned wood trim, eating nook, solid wood doors, the antique hardware, in addition to the many updates.

1923 bungalow for Sale

Kitchen with Old World Charm and modern updates

This home has a mostly level lot along with a fenced back yard and off street parking for you to bring your car, boat, RV or storage shed. The full on light throughout the day from the corner lot location offers great opportunities for outdoor gardening as well as indoor light.

Don’t judge the interior from the street, this is a special home. The kitchen has practical modern updates, and still the charming features from the era in which it was built.

West Seattle Charmer

Cozy, Comfy Living Room With On Demand Gas Fireplace

The basement is currently used as a workout/shop/storage area. It could also be used as a wine cellar or root cellar or finish it for more living space.  What used to be the back porch in its former life is now a sunny office nook and mud room.

So think the floor plan of yesteryear may not be for you? With this top of the hill location, fantastic views as well as increased square footage could be gained from a 2nd floor addition. This established neighborhood is seeing people wanting to stay and instead of moving, merely remodeling.

West Seattle Bungalow For Sale

Main Bedroom Large Enough for a King Sized Bed

What keeps people here? The fantastic convenient location. Minutes to shopping, minutes to the nightlife of California Ave and the junctions. Proximity to downtown by several different routes, minutes to small local parks as well as the Golf course and Lincoln Park. Minutes to the Fauntleroy Ferry. Westwood Village is just down the hill as well as a couple of local libraries including both books and tools. Live the Best of the local West Seattle lifestyle at 5400 36th Avenue SW, Seattle 98126. MLS # 507124.



Somerset Starter Home

Somerset Starter Home


Wow! This is the school district everyone wants. A  Bellevue home  in the Somerset neighborhood you can remodel to your own life style and tastes. You already start with a generously proportioned home with a deck and view looking west to the sunsets, city and mountains. You also have a usable yard that still hasn’t risen to it’s full potential. What can you bring to this home as it’s third owner?

House for sale in Bellevue

So much potential for this one

This home already has 2 remodeled bathroom tastefully designed with penny tile floors and glass tile enclosures. Use your own vision to open up the floor plan for today’s living.

Updated bath

Master Bath with beautiful choices in tile

If this is too much to tackle, you can also live here, while you do any remodeling, it’s livable as it is.

Oak Cabinets and Greenhouse Window

Add small or large touches to the kitchen

Investors are bound to check out the possibilities, knowing a few cosmetic fixes might be all that’s needed to make this home sparkle.

So much to work with, in such a great neighborhood close to nationally ranked schools, parks and hiking, convenient commutes and great shopping. Come and check out one of the lowest priced homes in this desirable area.



Modern Ballard Townhouse Built Green For Sale

Modern Ballard Townhouse Built Green For Sale

A Ballard Seattle Real Estate search would pull up this amazing hip and comfortable townhome.  5 star Built Green, LEED Platinum, NW Energy Star, Third-party certified townhome boasts and promises benefits others can’t. Why? It’s because the advanced features in this home needs to be part of the planning even before the contractors break ground. Results like these can’t be achieved on the fly, a home like this is an integrated puzzle of many building systems done right.

606 NW Market Street 98117 Open Saturday March 30 & Sunday March 31 from 1-3.

Like modern design?  Thinking about living in Ballard?  Want to see what smart green design looks like?  Want to see a great view on a beautiful day? These are all valid reasons to mark you calender and save a little time to stop by and be inspired.

Go Green and Go Home

Classic Contemporary Styling

Here’s a brief list of some of the features in this special Ballard Seattle Real Estate:

  • Mini Split Heat Pump offers heating and air conditioning/ERV offers additional comfort
  • Modern and functional LED lights throughout the home
  • Electric Induction Stovetop (Look it up, it’s like magic!)
  • Low VOCs throughout the whole construction phase
  • Dual Flush Toilets/Other water-saving devices
  • Stormwater Management, including an established Green Roof
  • Solar Ready/ Net Zero possibility?
  • Walkable, busable, bikable
  • Fun and functional design

Smart Design

Smart Design Throughout Home and Site

Lets face it, green IS cool, and it’s where construction code is going much sooner than most people realize.  However is only marketable if the space “feels” right, including proportion, appearance, and functionality. This house has it all!  You can expect small utility bills, increased comfort–including those folks with indoor air quality issues, decreased maintenance and a better return on your investment dollar.

Beatiful central townhouse

Simple Modern Design That Doesn't Feel Cold or Harsh

Do you know that local studies proved years ago that green homes are worth more per square foot, sit on the market for less time and will hold up for a better dollar value? When houses get a “miles per gallon” sticker on them like our vehicles (yes this regulation is in the works) all of a sudden old drafty homes won’t be looked upon as being as charming. In short the small amount extra you pay today,  is a great investment and a money maker in the long run. This is an efficient and healty home where you can “Go Green AND Go Home!