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.
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.
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.