What started as a two goal process -- building a 9,000 square foot house and meeting a federal LEED certification -- for Jimmy Brattains first green residential project, located in Snell Isle neighborhood of St. Petersburg, ended as the first waterfront home to receive the highest environmental rating in Pinellas County. Not only is the house one of 5 largest green homes in Florida, but it also stands apart because of the unique features:
When asked about the significant challenges of replacing traditional building materials with the above green equivalents, he answered, It wasnt like we had to design the residential equivalent of a Prius, said Brattain. Our goal was for visitors to see the beauty first and let the green aspects to be inconspicuous gems.
With that said, the house itself displays key focal points where the residents can admire the elegant set-up without immediately knowing its eco-friendly affects. For instance, there are minimal stylish displays of LED lighting throughout the house where Brattain has meshed contemporary architecture with Bahamian style.
Brattain not only submerged himself in learning LEED techniques before the construction of the house, but interviewed countless architects for advice on the project. Many sleepless nights and stressful encounters were put into the construction and eventual accomplishment that is Pinellas Countys first Platinum status home.
This journey that started with a simple request almost two years ago has completely changed my outlook on design and building practices, said Brattain. It is an testament to how anothers cause can completely alter someone elses perspective, forever.
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Information and photos via Design Works, Inc. (115 23rd Avenue S., St. Petersburg. 727-821-2403)