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MAK: Green with Style Envy!

MAK Design and Build is an award-winning construction company located in Davis known for its committment to finding green solutions incorporating sustainable building practices. Ken Kirsch and Ellen Moriarty started MAK Design and Build in 2003. The team of residential designers and builders have been making an impact with green design in the Sacramento region. Recently the team at MAK worked on a project in the Willowbank neighborhood. The homeowners are empty-nesters who previously lived on a spacious ranch. The tree-lined canopy of the quiet South Davis neighborhood appealed to them. Privacy was important; the mature landscaping along

Verdant art and accessories brighten eating/dining areas

Montgomery certainly provided that – however, the interior and exterior of the newly purchased home needed much improvement to capture this sophisticated couple’s design dreams. Here’s the thing – MAK makes dreams come true! Now, tucked back from the roadside, warm-hued, cedar planks and block pillars soften the exterior siding as does the reclaimed redwood overhang. A contemporary exterior design elevation has emerged and shares the space with the landscape as if it has been there for years.

The original 1967 home was remodeled adding just under 350 square feet. Energy-efficient exterior and interior updates were incorporated into the remodel plan. The roofline, for example, was reconfigured to allow for new nine-foot celings, and a new single-ply Duro-Last membrane was applied to the roof for energy-effienciency and low maintenance. The exterior walls and ceiling were insulated with high-density spray foam, and new Anderson windows replaced the original single panes. The exterior doors were replaced with more durable, insulated doors. To round out the improved

GE Profile appliances from Standards of Excellence

bones of the house an all new heating and cooling system was installed. Also, a durable acrylic/concrete overlay was poured over the existing foundation which later was stained, sealed and polished with amazing results!  MAK insulated the walls and ceiling with high-density spray foam for increased heat and sound insulation. While all of these updates don’t necessarily appear stylish or aesthetically pleasing, each contribute to the quality of the home. The effect of these materials is a noticeable “quiet” which in turn creates an organic ambience to the entire house. Now, for the fun – design innovation and color! 

Banana fiber - laminate countertops

Featured on this year’s Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour in June, this kitchen was an outstanding example of green design  principles and fresh style. Ceasarstone countertops in “cinder” were installed throughout the kitchen and provide durable, low-maintaince surfaces. All of the eco-friendly cabinets in the kitchen and laundry area are from Bellmont Cabinetry  byPacific Crest Industries. The certified-sustainable wood used in the cabinetry is formaldehyde-free with dovetailed drawers.

Off the kitchen is a mudroom/laundry room with laminate countertops. This laminate material was created using banana-fiber manufactured from banana-plantation waste. The homeowners welcomed these innovative materials into their home. The color palette combination in the kitchen and laundry areas create a soft and natural personality to the space. Accent colors in the form of textiles and art were included to add some punch to the otherwise neutral background.

Indoor/outdoor lifestyle design

Clever art, photography and hand-crafted pieces adorn the residence. In the living and dining areas many of the accessories are from Nestware, a hip store in Downtown Davis with a myriad of items to inspire your life in the home, in the garden or on your person! The range of greens from the plants and artwork in the living room are perfectly suited with the clean, neutral palette of the open kitchen and dining area. The new high-efficiency zero-clearance gas fireplace replaced the wood-burning original and is now a focal point for the living area along with the snazzy flat screen television.

The MAK team added space to the master bedroom and bath area and re-positioned entries to other rooms allowing for more efficient access and use.  Part of the garage was converted to a guest bedroom/home office; the remaining garage space is now an open breezeway-style carport reminiscent of mid-century modern home design.

Same layout, new materials

As a certified green builder through Build It Green (BIG), MAK has the experience to deliver quality and innovation using sustainable and eco-friendly materials in their construction. The team at MAK is an effective, small group of professionals and seasoned veterans in the home design industry. Most of the staff reside in Davis with their families which further cements MAK’s commitment to the Davis community. Take a minute to review their website – don’t miss their FAQ page. If you’re curious about how to update your home with more efficient products and materials incorporating fresh design style, consider MAK. The entire home re-design I walked through during the kitchen tour was simply outstanding – a hybrid of Sunset Dream Home and sublime Eichler in an undisturbed landscape. Bravo!

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