Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Thomas McGrath, owner of this gut-rehab in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  Before talking, I figured the home was like many others seeking LEED Platinum certification.  It has energy-efficient appliances, modern finishes, and on-site green power.  But there’s really a lot more to it.  This is a fascinating case study of salvage and reuse.

Located at 1610 N. Honore Street, the existing home was originally built in the 1890s with a first level and basement two-flat.  McGrath, with the help of Gerhard Zinserling Architects and Act Development, Inc., added a floor, created a solar-powered garage deck, and converted everything into a single-family residence.

Early on, McGrath decided that there is no “away” — that existing elements had to be salvaged or reused.  So lumber was reused for structural and finish elements.  Lath board was reclaimed for custom desks, shelves, and tables.  Walls were moved and brick, masonry, and foundation rocks were all reincorporated into the home.

A 7.6 kW photovoltaic array powers all the electrical components, while six solar collectors provide for about 60% of the heating needs.  Other green aspects include Serious Materials fiberglass windows, Kohler WaterSense toilets, Eco Deco low-VOC paints, Arclinea kitchen cabinets, FSC-certified lumber, and LED and CFL lighting.

The 3,700 square-foot home has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two car garage.  If you’re interested, the owner put it on the market for $2,499,000 through Prudential Rubloff Properties.

Credits: Thomas McGrath.