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.


By |March 11th, 2011|Renovation, Single Family|7 Comments

Green Home DIY Trends for 2011

If you’re interested in sustainability and innovation, you probably follow trends and keep up with what folks are saying.  You might have some interest in this new infographic from eLocal discussing home improvement trends.  ELocal created the graphic with information obtained from its community of professionals.  Here’s what they said:

By |February 24th, 2011|List, Renovation|2 Comments

ECO Modern Flats Chases LEED Gold

ECO Modern Flats is undergoing a transformation right now in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The multifamily project was built 40 years ago, but that’s not stopping developers from renovating the place to anticipated LEED Gold level certification.  And they’re doing it with a modern, yet attainable, approach, too.


By |January 18th, 2011|LEED, Multifamily, Renovation|5 Comments

Platinum Gut Rehab Hits the Market

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Thomas McGrath, owner of this gut-rehab in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  Before talking, I figured the home was like many others seeking LEED Platinum certification.  It has energy-efficient appliances, modern finishes, and on-site green power.  But there’s really a lot more to it.  This is a fascinating case study of salvage and reuse.


By |January 13th, 2011|LEED, Renovation, Single Family|7 Comments

LEED Platinum Gut Rehab in Chicago

This is the Helenowski Residence, a gut-rehab in Chicago that achieved the highest LEED for Homes point total ever with 119 points, according to LEED for Homes provider Alliance for Environmental Sustainability.  The 3,300 square-foot renovation achieved an impressive HERS rating of 13 and is net-zero energy with the help of rooftop solar power and a vertical axis wind turbine.


By |December 29th, 2010|LEED, Renovation, Single Family|20 Comments

LEED Platinum Remodel in Wilmington


With 113.5 points, this North Carolina home is one of the greenest remodels ever certified by the LEED for Homes program, according to EcoHome Magazine.  Architect Jay DeChesere led the Wilmington project which diverted 91% of construction waste and secured a HERS rating of 28 post-renovation.  You’ll have to admit these are some stellar numbers!


By |August 6th, 2010|LEED, Renovation, Single Family|2 Comments