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Sustainable Ranch Renovation Keeps Mid-Century Style

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 9, 2016 10:42:50 AM

Visible changes blended with hidden additions make this home sustainable from top to bottom.

Photos by Robert M. Cain, Architect

CALL IT A CASE OF AGE before beauty. When a 1950s ranch-style home just outside of downtown Atlanta began to show its years, the owners decided it was time for a “redux.” The 2,100-square-foot dwelling was completely gutted and renovated to include several sustainable features and eye-catching design work on the interior and exterior.

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Beauty and the Beach

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 29, 2016 3:19:37 PM

An 83-year-old beach house gets a deep energy retrofit, but retains the grace and beauty of the original home.

THIS 1932 HOME overlooks Truesdale Lake in Westchester County, NY. Once a popular gathering place, the structure had fallen into disrepair. Incorporating new and reclaimed materials, architect and builder Sylvain Côté has fully restored The Beach House for maximum comfort with a minimal carbon footprint. Completed in 2014, The Beach House is Energy Star Certified, with a HERS rating of 30 and LEED Platinum Certification of 90.

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Drafty But Beautiful Italian Low-Rent Housing gets a 21st Century Retrofit

Posted by Emma Neri, Guest Contributor

Nov 30, 2015 1:09:18 PM

By retroffiting social housing with new windows and insulation, this Italian city hopes to demonstrate how classic low-rent housing can be transformed.

San Pietro is a peripheral neighbourhood overlooking the city of Genoa, North-West of Italy. It is also known as Lavatrici (washing machines), because of the concrete slabs with empty circles that characterise the façades of its buildings.

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Fifties Homage

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 19, 2014 12:57:00 PM

CORNELIA STUMPF AND CELESTINO PIRALLA DISCOVERED THEIR IDEA OF A HOUSING GEM in Magnolia Park, a suburb in Savannah, Georgia.

The couple made an offer within 45 minutes, even though many of the home’s original features were covered up or in disrepair.

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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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