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Affordable Green Remodel of a California Bungalow

Oct 1, 2009 | San Diego, California

An appreciation of historical houses and a desire to be in a family oriented neighborhood with plenty of walkable and bikeable amenities ledLight-emitting diode. Illumination technology that produces light by running electrical current through a semiconductor diode. LED lamps are much longer lasting and much more energy efficient than incandescent lamps; unlike fluorescent lamps, LED lamps do not contain mercury and can be readily dimmed. Jennifer and Alex to make this 1930s California bungalow their first home, in 2008. The location, surrounded by locally owned businesses, close to beautiful Balboa Park, and only 2 miles from the city center fit their needs perfectly. Their modest budget, strong commitment to environmental stewardship, and, of course, their new daughter, helped define the way they approached the project.

Existing conditions complicate construction

Terraces and raised beds

Green Landscape Manages Stormwater and Creates Curb Appeal

Sep 15, 2009 | East Greenwich, Rhode Island

When selecting a home, first impressions are the most important factor, after price and location. With this in mind, owner/contractor Mike Guertin took extra care to landscape his spec remodel attractively. To add visual interest and manage runoff, he built terraced walls around the lot from stone he found on site. He reclaimed some of the plantings from the original overgrown landscape and incorporated native species.

Design approach: Take your time and meet basic needs

This green bath focuses on comfort and convenience

Convert an Attic into a Luxury Bath

Jul 17, 2009 | Seattle, Washington

Leslie and Heather, the owners of a 100-year-old 1 1⁄2-story house in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district, were tired of hiking downstairs in the middle of the night from their attic bedroom to the first-floor bathroom. To make matters even more inconvenient, the laundry room was still farther below in the basement. Leslie and Heather wanted to simplify their lives and their floor plan by putting all three spaces on one level.

Clean lines and attractive materials in an affordable kitchen

Teenagers Build an Affordable LEED Platinum Home

Jul 16, 2009 | Columbus, Ohio

Betsy Pettit, GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com advisor and consultant to this project, points out that we’re in a dynamic time. “Push the envelope,” she remarks, “because what’s new now will be normal sooner than you think.”
 

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