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The Callaway House

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 8, 2014 1:08:00 PM

When Catherine Callaway, a LEED AP certified architect with BNIM Architects, and her accountant husband first purchased their 1,000-square-foot home in an historic neighborhood in Houston, they embraced it for its legacy and the fact that it was something of a blank slate.  

So as the couple anticipated changes, including the addition of a, 400-square-foot master bedroom and bath, Callaway got out her sketch pad and began a series of renderings aimed at incorporating their needs—and a desire for green—into an 80-plus year old framework.

By the time she handed the project off to Michael Strong, a like-minded member of the local green building community, the project had grown to include the remodeling of the kitchen and the complete resealing of the building envelope.

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  • The new building envelope features Pella E-Star windows, three different types of insulation, a tankless water heater, and a sealed attic. Inside is water sense plumbing fixtures, VOC free Sherwin Williams paint, and cork flooring in the master bathroom.

  • Glass that was removed from the windows was painted on one side and then used as the sink backsplash in the kitchen.

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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, water saving, Residential Retrofit, Texas, Paint

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