Are you originally from the Northwest, where did you grow up?
I was born in Boston, and moved out West when I was five. We spent several years in Los Angeles before we made our way to Seattle. Our plan was to either move to Santa Cruz or Seattle; when our car broke down in Santa Cruz my Mom figured it was an omen and we continued driving to Seattle. I spent my middle school years at what is now known as the African American Museum, formerly Summit K-12, then Garfield High School, and then The Evergreen State College. Having been in the South End of Seattle for most of my formative years, I truly feel like I am a native.
How would you explain what your role at Dwell Development is?
My role at Dwell Development is working directly with our buyers in selecting their home finishes. I also spend some of my time procuring new materials for use in our future projects. I am hands on with scheduling, working with our Superintendents, designing interiors, lighting & plumbing selections and troubleshooting problems that arise on a day to day basis. The most fun part of my job is the “move the bus” moment when our new homeowners walk into their home for the very first time.
Lately there has been a lot of talk about Passivhaus, but also Net Zero Houses, what is the difference between the two?
Passivhaus homes and Net-Zero-Energy homes have a lot in common. Both types of buildings aim to reduce the amount of energy used for space heating or cooling by designing envelopes with a low rate of air leakage, thick insulation, and high-performance windows. While Passivhaus designers are content with achieving a very low energy budget, Net-Zero-Energy home designers add frosting on the cake by including the ability to produce enough site-generated electricity to balance the home’s annual energy use.
What new projects are on the horizon that has the Dwell team fired up?
My first love is all things repurposed and recycled. I am crazy about using materials with the patina of age. Our next home in Columbia City will be a perfect marriage of old and new. The home will feature modern architecture with reclaimed materials. We are calling it a reclaimed modern. We have also expanded into some new neighborhoods. We are completing two homes in the Greenlake area, we have broken ground on our second home in Kirkland and will begin three new homes in Ballard later this year.
What is your favorite Seattle neighborhood to hangout in, what are some of you favorite hangouts there?
I live and raise my family in Columbia City, so needless to say it is my favorite Seattle neighborhood. On at least one night a week my family and I like to stroll down to the center of Columbia City and grab a bite to eat at Geraldine’s, a baguette from the Columbia City Bakery for later and a scoop of ice cream from Full Tilt. We also love to catch a game at Rookie’s. The perfect spot for World Cup viewing!