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A kitchen addition where a screened porch used to be

Deep Energy Makeover: One Step At A Time

Apr 27, 2009 | Brattleboro, Vermont

When my wife Chris and I bought this nearly 100-year-old home in 2000, we knew we had our work cut out for us: virtually no insulation; original single-pane windows; a failing main bathroom; just four circuits of knob-and-tube wiring; no laundry hook-up; and a dysfunctional 12x12 kitchen with three windows and four doorways.

Functional open floor plan

Green Remodel of a Midcentury Kitchen

Apr 17, 2009 | Alexandria, Virginia

After 10 years of working around the shortcomings of this 1950s kitchen, the owners felt it was time to change the room to meet their needs.

sustainable materials in a modern kitchen

Oregon Solar Cottage Shares a Ground-Source Heat Pump with Its Neighbors

Apr 12, 2009 | Salem, Oregon

This small house on reclaimed institutional grounds in Salem, Oregon, is just the first of many to come in a project that puts equal importance on energy efficiency, environmental conservation, and quality of life.

Subtle but important changes

An Old House Gets a Superinsulation Retrofit

Apr 5, 2009 | Arlington, Massachusetts

What started out as a relatively straightforward re-siding project on this 80-year-old duplex in Arlington, Mass., ultimately evolved into part of an ambitious superinsulation pilot program for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the regional utility company, NSTAR.

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