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Brand New Appearance and Performance for An Older Duplex

May 1, 2010 | Somerville, Massachusetts

By Cador Price-Jones

There are 120 million homes in America, and we need to figure out how to retrofit them for the new reality that we live in. We cannot all choose to move to the country and build a net-zero home and let someone else deal with the existing houses.

A well made case for a new $150,000 “house coat”

HOME Rochester - typical 4-square

Greening the HOME Rochester Program

Apr 20, 2010 | Rochester, New York

How HOME Rochester works
The HOME Rochester Program acquires vacant single-family homes in Rochester NY, typically foreclosures, and rehabilitates them for resale to qualifying first-time homebuyers earning less than 80% of area median income. The program began in 2001 and is recognized as an effective neighborhood stabilization model.

Seville 2 - front after

Atlanta Historic Retrofit

Apr 9, 2010 | Atlanta, Georgia

Honoring an amazing 100-year context

Photo of blue tile bathtub and shower

A Green Bath Retrofit: From Structure to Finish

Apr 1, 2010 | Brattleboro, Vermont

Our second-floor, 50-square-foot full bathroom provides the only bathing in this 100-year-old house, so we had to make it work. We wanted to make the room feel bigger and deal with what we were sure was structural damage around the toilet. Underneath several layers of failing linoleum, we found the original beautiful yellow birch flooring, but also floor framing so compromised that the toilet waste line was "structural."

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