Big Budget Historical Renovation Gets the (LEED) Gold
Aug30

Big Budget Historical Renovation Gets the (LEED) Gold

One of the twenty-one projects that have been named as winners by REMODELING magazine in the 2013 Remodeling Design Awards, the Shornecliffe Residence gets its recognition in the category, Green Remodeling Over $250,000. The sustainable renovation of the 1914 arts-and-crafts-styled home has achieved it a LEED for Homes Gold rating. When the homeowner called upon [...] One of the twenty-one projects that have been named as winners by...

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Net Zero BARNagain Uses Reclaimed Barn Wood to Achieve LEED Platinum
Aug30

Net Zero BARNagain Uses Reclaimed Barn Wood to Achieve LEED Platinum

Dubbed BARNagain,  this LEED Platinum-certified home was designed by Rick Hauser of In.Site:Architecture to meet the client’s request for an energy-efficient house that utilized materials from a deteriorating barn for its structure and skin. The main structural elements of the home were built using timber frames, while reclaimed barn siding served as the exterior skin. [...] Dubbed BARNagain,  this LEED Platinum-certified home was...

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Multi-Generational Retirement Home Combines Sustainability with Accessibility
Aug30

Multi-Generational Retirement Home Combines Sustainability with Accessibility

When young Alex Finnell was challenged by his parents to design an “age in place” home for them and his 95-year old grandmother, he set about helping them to achieve their goal of living in their own home late into their retirement years while being as safe, independent, and comfortable as possible. Finnell saw the [...] When young Alex Finnell was challenged by his parents to design an “age in place” home for them and his 95-year old...

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Blu® Homes Partners with Maui Contractor Cutting Edge Development to Bring Prefab Homes to Hawaii
Aug30

Blu® Homes Partners with Maui Contractor Cutting Edge Development to Bring Prefab Homes to Hawaii

Award-winning architecturally designed prefab houses from Blu® Homes are now available in the Hawai‘i, thanks to their newly-formed partnership with Cutting Edge Development, the first of many partnerships in the works to expand into the Hawai‘i market. “When it comes to building in Hawai‘i, choices are limited and it’s expensive,” said Lars Wernars of Cutting [...] Award-winning architecturally designed prefab houses from Blu® Homes...

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Park Passive is First Certified Passive House in Seattle
Aug08

Park Passive is First Certified Passive House in Seattle

Attendees of the 2013 Explore Design Home Tour, sponsored by American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle, will get up close and personal with Park Passive, one of seven homes on the Tour and the first home in Seattle to be designated as a Passive House in accordance with the requirements set by Passive House Academy [...] Attendees of the 2013 Explore Design Home Tour, sponsored by American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle,...

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Kumar Renovation Overlooks San Francisco Bay Through Energy-Efficient Windows
Aug08

Kumar Renovation Overlooks San Francisco Bay Through Energy-Efficient Windows

The 1100 square foot Kumar Residence was in need of an addition and remodel to update the look and provide a fourth bedroom and space for living and entertaining. Now at 3,000 square feet, the 1950’s era ranch home that is located in a suburban cul de sac in the hills of Belmont, California is [...] The 1100 square foot Kumar Residence was in need of an addition and remodel to update the look and provide a fourth bedroom and space for...

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