NAHB Green Remodel of the Year 2012

This is one of the NAHB Remodeling Projects of the Year 2012 by Rocking Horse Redevelopment out of Phoenix. Located in the Marlen Grove neighborhood at 5701 N 10th Street, the home has been certified to the Emerald level by the NAHB. Key achievements for this rehab include improvements to curb appeal and an overall reduction of energy and water consumption by more than 50%.

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By |July 27th, 2012|Renovation, Single Family|3 Comments

LEED Platinum Home Addition in Venice

This is the Brooks Residence, and it’s one of the 10 highest LEED-rated homes in California. Located in Venice, California, the craftsman-style home received 109 points and is one of about 20 local homes certified under the LEED for Homes program. It was built by Rick Arreola and designed by Duvivier Architects for principle Isabelle Duvivier, who wanted to modernize the existing home with more space, light, and sustainability.

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By |July 1st, 2012|Renovation, Single Family|0 Comments

Old Seattle Home Gets an Energy Upgrade

This is a green home in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle and another energy-efficient renovation by Green Canopy Homes.  The company — which also renovated The Sentinel — is targeting Built Green 3 Star certification with help of comprehensive air sealing, extra foam and rigid insulation, Energy Star windows, a home electricity monitor, heat-pump water heater, Energy Star ductless heat pump, and CFL lighting.

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By |June 14th, 2012|Renovation, Single Family|3 Comments

Reclaimed Wood with a Rainscreen Install

I’ve been following Matt Risinger’s blog for about a year, because he’s sharing great videos about high-performance homes in Austin, Texas.  Take this video about using old pine siding from a home built in 1935.  The siding is in a condition to be reclaimed because it’s had enough air to dry when wet over the years.  Now that it’s being re-used, Risinger shares the vented rainscreen he used to make sure the siding lasts another 80 years.

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By |May 29th, 2012|Renovation, Technology, video|1 Comment

Castaway House is a Deep Green Renovation

This is the Castaway House, a renovation in Phoenix, Arizona that’s also the first project to be certified under the Phoenix Green Construction Code. The team* behind this Gold-certified project transformed an existing 1,000 square-foot, abandoned house originally built in 1951 into a cutting-edge, energy-efficient abode with 1,970 square feet, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Here’s a little more background.

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By |April 26th, 2012|Renovation, Single Family|8 Comments

Bath Rehab with New WaterSense Products

I’m happy to announce that the last article in my Water-Wise Bath Redo project with HouseLogic is live today.  Check out the finished bathroom — complete with a WaterSense faucet and showerhead in the 90 Degree Series from Moen and a WaterSense space-saver toilet from American Standard.  HouseLogic also has a new contest giving commenters a chance to win $100, so visit HouseLogic if interested.

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By |February 13th, 2012|Renovation|4 Comments