home was an outdated 900 sf cottage, built in the 1930’s. Realizing that
if they purchased a home, they would be paying the same price for the
same amount of space, the owners decided to renovate their house into
the home of their dreams while incorporating green building practices.
One of the main goals of this project was to double the home’s existing
square footage while cutting its energy bills in half. Now double the
size at 2100 sf, this home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The
entire home is centered around sustainability. The exterior has
overhangs that shield already energy efficient windows. Other
sustainable elements include:
High-efficiency doors and windows.
Recycled glass countertops.
Geothermal heating and cooling.
Tankless water heater.
Structural insulated panels.
Three above-ground cisterns.
exterior is made of manufactured stone and fiber-cement siding. The
original foundation and much of the first floor hardwoods were reused.
Nothing was wasted in this project. Practices were even in place to
recycle and minimize construction waste such as grinding unpainted wood
for erosion control and mulch. The homeowners now have the “green” home
they’ve always wanted.