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Steampunk Sensation

Posted by Charlie Wardell

Mar 19, 2014 1:07:00 PM

by Charlie Wardell

What if the Industrial age happened at the same time as the computer age? That’s one of the questions Steampunk tries to answer. From its origins as a form of speculative fiction, Steampunk has spawned a new category of Victorian themed design. As a living laboratory for that trend, Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum’s restored 1901 Victorian/Craftsman home in Sharon, Mass., demonstrates ingenious ways that old items can be given new life, instead of being discarded.
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Topics: Residential Retrofit, Steampunk, Cambria Quartz countertops, salvaged materials, renovation, Recycled Products

Ranch Reborn

Posted by Matt Power

Feb 21, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Ranch Before Renovation
This update and expansion of a small ranch home featured extensive reuse of existing materials and an emphasis on remaining consistent with the context of the neighborhood. The house BEFORE renovation is shown here.
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Topics: renovation

Eco Overhaul - Best Community Project - Fayetteville, AR

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2012 5:13:00 PM

THIS RENOVATION COMPLETELY overhauled the living systems of four existing apartment buildings constructed between 1968 and 1972. The old structures, the architect explains, “had great bones of precast concrete and split-face block, but were drastically lacking in thermal comfort, air quality and aesthetic appeal.”

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Topics: Built-In Furniture, Community, solar hot water, Low Flow Faucets, natural daylighting, Residential Retrofit, LED Lighting, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, Community Rebuilding, green community, renovation, Paint

Born Again - 2012 Overall Grand Winner - Clifton Park, NY

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 1, 2012 9:43:00 AM

WHAT DO YOU do with a sad 1830s building relic with good bones on a wonderful site in a great location? If you are this winning team, you go all out for green, LEED Platinum and NGBS Emerald.

The Peters-Lockrow farm house on the 80-acre Abraham Moe Farm had been vacant for a decade. It had holes in the roof, water in the basement and a menagerie of animals–squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons–living inside. The kitchen had even been used as a turkey coop. However, the Town of Clifton Park, N.Y., had cataloged the home (which was once owned by the original town clerk) as a historic property.

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Topics: net-zero energy, 1600 to 2500 square feet, LEED, solar, standing seam metal roof, spray foam insulation, energy efficient windows, electric vehicle, electric vehicle charging, Energy Star, water saving, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, renovation, Paint

Green Remodeling is a Sign of the Times

Posted by Stacy Hunt

Aug 15, 2010 8:19:00 AM

JOHN WESLEY MILLER COMPANIES, a Building America partner and renowned Tucson-area builder, has earned Tucson Electric Power’s first heating and cooling guarantee for a home remodel.

Miller overhauled a 47-year-old, 2,000-square-foot adobe home, dramatically improving its energy performance and slashing heating and cooling costs by 75%.

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Topics: 1600 to 2500 square feet, remodeling, renovation, Arizona


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