Innovative Design + Commitment to Going Green = Amazing Home


In 2007, Davey and Shari Engstom embarked on creating their dream home on the site of Davey's 1920s Wallingford cottage, that he has owned since the early 1990s. The resulting 5-star BuiltGreen home, completed in 2009, not only maximizes what are still cutting edge energy and water conservation strategies, but artfully captures the elegant old-world charm of a European mountain chalet. Learn more here

This collaboration between the owners, architect, Dan Stettler and Beckman Builders is a prime example of how a deep green home not only saves  resources and money, but provides a remarkably comfortable and peaceful place to live. Thanks to an innovative "twist" you can catch a view of Mount Rainier from the master bedroom thanks to a 23 degree rotation of the upper floor. Even though all that Wallingford has to offer awaits right outside the door, one feels transported to a holiday cabin while inside the home.

The main floor and upstairs maximize light, which highlights the stunning salt-cured Douglas Fir floors, posts and beams. The kitchen seamlessly hides appliances, including a kegerator, within custom wooden cabinetry. You really have to experience the home yourself to appreciate all that it has to offer!

The lower level is fully wired and plumbed with 9-foot ceilings and the same beams featured throughout the home. It currently serves as a full bike and ski shop, but the options for this space are endless.



Address – 4511 Thackeray Pl NE, Seattle, WA 98105
County – King
Area – Wallingford
NWMLS Listing # – 1369392


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Radiant Heat - wood/gas hybrid radiant heating system including a beautiful and efficient soapstone Tulakivi stove centerpiece.

Solar Water - Domestic solar hot water heating.

Solar Energy - 7.2kW solar panels to generate electricity.

Hardwood Floors - Recycled “Trestlewood” flooring, posts and beams from the Great Salt Lake.

Insulation - High performance insulation in walls and roof.

Soundproof Windows - High performance tilt/turn windows.

Ventilation - High performance ventilated façade system.

Rainwater Cisterns - 3000 gallon rainwater collection cisterns for toilets, wash machine and garden. Costs average 17cents/day

Pervious driveway - for rainwater infiltration.

Copper power-pipe - for heat recapture. Costs average less than $1/day

If you are interested in learning more about this home, or would like to talk about purchasing a green home in the Seattle area, please call our green home specialist Rebecca Sayre 206-291-8528.