Dogpatch Project

E cological Project Design

  • Very small addition to improve kitchen and living space functionality.
  • Ceilings restored to original 11-foot height to improve existing day-lighting.

Mindful Materials Handling

  • Recycling
    • Cardboard, metal, paper, wood and 90% of construction waste was recycled during project construction.
    • Sawdust composted onsite.
  • Reusing
    • Reuse of existing decking (re-milled and used in new deck area).
    • Carefully removed existing siding and reused on exterior and interior walls.
    • Deconstructed materials reused onsite, donated or recycled.
  • Salvaging
    • All exterior trim and fascia material was Redwood salvaged from red wine casks.
    • Salvaged material used extensively for framing (50%).
    • All interior trim was Douglas fir salvaged from bases of red wine casks.

Sustainable Materials Integration

  • Foundation concrete with 50% fly ash content.
  • Remaining portion of framing lumber was FSC-certified (50%).
  • Salvaged Douglas fir flooring milled from old beams was installed.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

  • Designed for day-lighting
  • 100% fluorescent lighting
  • Insulated panel skylight

Healthy Interiors

  • UltraTouch cotton insulation was used in floors, ceilings and walls.
  • No combustion appliances in living spaces.
  • Zero-VOC AFM interior paint and primer.
  • Natural oil-based wood finishes (Bioshield, Osmo).

Resource Conservation

  • Roof run-off drains to front garden.
  • Kitchen designed with modular components for easy future deconstruction.
  • No irrigation system — hand-watering only.


Inquire with Vida about the possibilities for your renovation, addition or new construction.
Call (415) 868-8881 or email

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