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Second Life: A Residential Retrofit of a Row Home

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 25, 2014 2:50:00 PM

AS MANY GREEN EXPERTS will point out, the greenest home is an existing home that has been “saved” and turned into a high-performance unit - a residential retrofit. That was the case with this 1890s two-story row house outside Philadelphia.
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Topics: Residential Retrofit

Small Wonder

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 14, 2014 12:47:00 PM

Photos by Neil Kelly

NEIL KELLY DESIGNER Michael Mahoney had his work cut out for him with this Bend, Oregon bath remodel.

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Topics: bathroom, Residential Retrofit, salvaged materials, Oregon, Recycled Products

Condo Kitchen Reborn

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 14, 2014 12:34:00 PM

Photos by Darren S Higgins, DH Photography

ALAN ABRAMS HAS been building green for decades, starting with a modest adobe he built by hand in New Mexico. The motto of his Maryland-based company, Abrams Design Build, is “sustainable design for intentional living.”

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Topics: kitchen, Greenguard, FSC Certified Lumber, Residential Retrofit, salvaged materials, Maryland, Recycled Products

Serene Green in a Hurry

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 14, 2014 12:22:00 PM

Photos by Twist Tours

FOR THIS PROJECT, Austin interior designer Robin Colton envisioned literally bringing the outdoors in. Creative custom touches and organic materials combine to create a serene, spa-like environment.

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Topics: bathroom, water saving, Residential Retrofit, Texas

Boston Firehouse Kitchen

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 14, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Photos by Robert Knight

GREEN SOMETIMES STARTS with the building choice. In this case, Tom Dowers and Kate James turned a decommissioned firehouse into a home. With the help of Cambridge-based S+H Construction, the family took on the daunting task of repurposing the building. The firemen’s kitchen was already gone, so they turned their attention to the 370-square-foot space adjacent to the fire engine bays, which had served as a lounge.

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Topics: kitchen, natural daylighting, Residential Retrofit, Green Appliances, Massachusetts, Recycled Products


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