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Newly Reclaimed Bathroom in Portland

If you’re thinking about a bathroom overhaul, I think this is an article you will enjoy reading.  Architect Jeff Stern of In Situ Architecture was approached by a homeowner in Portland to transform an old bathroom with a modest budget.  Expanding the size of the room meant a larger budget, while using the same footprint meant saving money through the use of existing plumbing and fixture locations.

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Customize Your Energy Efficient Home

*This is a sponsored article in association with Plastics Make It Possible.

In conjunction with the Solar Decathlon, Plastics Make It Possible created an interactive home to show people how plastic products can be used to make a home comfortable and energy efficient.  For example, window coverings can reduce home heating and cooling, flexible plumbing can be used for direct runs to deliver hot water faster, and plastic-encased solar shingles can blend into the roof while creating energy from the sun.

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Ecobee High-Tech Wireless Thermostat

ecobee wireless smart thermostat

One of the many friends of Jetson Green in attendance at Greenbuild this year pointed our attention to the ecobee thermostat, a high-tech, wirelessly connected, programmable thermostat. In addition to controlling temperature, ecobee also gives you control over the fan settings (allowing you to have the air circulation operate for a minimum number of minutes per hour). Ecobee measures humidity and can be used to control humidification/dehumidification equipment.

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Small Wind Turbine Available at Lowe’s

As the small wind industry grows, it’s becoming easier to buy certain models of turbines online and from big-box retailers.  For example, Southwest Windpower offers the Skystream 3.7 through Home Depot and now offers the Whisper 100 through Lowe’s.  Whisper 100 can produce up to 100 kWh a month in moderate to high winds, according to Southwest Windpower.

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1958 Home Gets a Modern Renovation

This is a home in North Vancouver that was originally built in 1958.  The owners, architect Jim Paul and landscape architect Nancy Paul, acquired the home and invested in a significant overhaul that salvaged or retained 75-80% of the original fabric and materials.  The result is a post and beam style, Pacific Northwest modern home that’s also a nice case study for renovating an aged structure.

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