This whole-home remodel by Renewal Design-Build is the recipient of several awards, including a regional CotY award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and a Chrysalis Award for Best Green Remodeling Project. Located in Decatur, Georgia, the original 1930s, 900 square-foot home was mostly deconstructed to the foundation and a new, 2,100 square-foot home was built from the salvaged materials.
In addition to materials from deconstruction, the home incorporates some new elements, such as a SIP envelope, geothermal heating and cooling, high-efficiency windows and doors, tankless water heating, water harvesting, FSC-certified hardwood floors, bamboo floors, and Energy Star appliances.
A 600-gallon cistern collects water through a hidden system in the exterior stone columns. Harvested water is used for dual-flush toilets, landscape irrigation, and other outdoor uses.
One of the most striking features of the remodel is also a green one. Massive overhangs shade windows from direct solar heat gain to save energy on cooling.
The Georgia home has an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) and since it was built with a tight envelope, the builder “[paid] close attention to off-gassing and [made] sure that all of our finishes were low- or no-VOC and non-formaldehyde,” according to Peter Michelson, CEO of Renewal Design-Build.
Note: This home was designed by Eric Rawlings.
Credits: Renewal Design-Build, Decatur, Ga.