Prairie Style Remodel Earns Green Award

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.


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  • Jeremiah

    Ok. Um, when I saw the first image and the line “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” I at least thought they were simply adding new finishes but keeping, at least, the envelope. And I had several issues with that. But to tear down an old home and build a new one is not a “remodel”….that’s demolition and new construction. I’m not knocking the project. I think it’s gorgeous and successful for what it is. But lets call it what it is – new construction in an historical style – NOT a remodel.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Well, let’s be clear, demolition is not deconstruction. But I see your point. They deconstructed “most” of the original leaving enough to call it a remodel.

      • http://squallco.tumblr.com/ Kevin

        I was going to post the same. I can’t call that a remodel. It’s really a new house.

      • Jeremiah

        “leaving enough to call it a remodel”? They left the foundation…..which I’m sure they had to reinforce if not completely rebuild because now it is a 2 story structure….meaning it would have to meet modern code….nothing about this project is a remodel. But it’s still a sweet house.

        • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

          Meaning foundation plus a wall or two, but I’m checking on that.

  • New-kt

    Love the remodel, not sure how the Before model cobsitutes Prarie Style though.

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