Part of any home remodeling project involves choices and currently this includes products which are considered “green.” Do you mind if we coin a new phrase? Let’s call it green-modeling; when remodeling projects incorporate green products or design. Here is the story of making green choices while remodeling an existing home.
Ordinarily my projects are not a theme of this blog. As much as it seems I like to use the word “I”, talking about myself is not my go to topic. But for you, here is a peek inside (actually outside) my home. There is no Photoshopping of colors from the before to the after. The original concrete aggregate brick was a hideous shade of Mary-Kay peachy pink. Horrors.
This contemporary home was built in 1978, long before the living green and going green evolution. Nobody cared too much about sustainability, car gas prices yes, but not about home heating costs. Like many older home ripe for remodeling, the products used on and in this home have performed past thirty years, long past their useful life by either design or neglectful maintenance. Okay, some were frightful too.
Over the past 8 years many of these items have been replaced with more energy efficient, sustainable or green building products. Lots of research (a personal specialty) went into locating the most cost effective, energy efficient, well designed, and visually appealing solutions. Every item had to perform and look good. Green was a top consideration for selecting new products, but not the only consideration. We don’t do fugly. The chic glass garage door is called day-lighting.
Note the original bubble skylight roof system, on certain days we could get a temperature swing of 80 degrees, not real efficient. The rectangular hole above the stylish double entry door, was a nasty little roof overhang, too scary to take a picture of. When in doubt, take it out – we did, right to the dumpster.
Out with the old…
- Old metal framed double pane (leaky) sliding glass doors were replaced with new energy efficient double and triple-pane Low-E glass argon gas filled clad sliding doors by Pella.
- Badly warped wood and metal windows which served as more of a speaker for outside noises, were replaced with energy efficient aluminum clad wood windows from Eagle Windows and Pella.
- Acrylic bubble skylight roof was replaced by energy efficient Velux Skylights.
- Dried out heavy 40 year (thick) asphalt shingles were replaced with a Energy Star rated, fully recyclable, LEED certified, maintenance free solution of standing seam metal* (a very green roof, in silver) by Firestone Building Products
- I designed a new Pella front door/window system.
- Added a green roof by Live Roof.
- Insect and rot resistant Ipe wood replaced old Trex decking (crap).
- Dated cedar siding (a.k.a. carpenter bee condos with woodpeckers welcome signs) gave way to CertainTeed Fiber Cement Siding.
- Same cedar siding** was replaced in a different location with Firestone Metal Products UnaClad factory painted wall panel system. Besides having the same green benefits as the metal roofing the really spectacular part was I was able to design the shape, size and pattern of the wall panel system to meet my visual specifications.
There you have it, green-modeling – my project. *Properly installed metal roofs outlast conventional roof systems by years. Metal roofs have been around for hundreds of years, in fact a relative has a home built in the early 1800′s and is on 100+ years with the home’s second metal roof!
**No worries the old stuff was repurposed onto a contractor’s chicken coop.