Small Steps to a Green Remodel: The Green Remodeler's Guide

From planning to hiring contractors and shopping for materials, our guide will help you customize the perfect remodel for your home and lifestyle.

This 1921 home in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood was renovated by architect Jim Burton of Blip Design. The original structure had a cramped, dark first floor and a cavelike, unlivable basement. Burton raised the original first floor 12 inches to transform the cramped basement into a comfortable living space with ample daylight from new windows and a glass door. He reconfigured the new, raised ground level, tearing out walls to open up the space. Burton also added a second floor, doubling the living space while remaining within the home’s original footprint. Though now twice its former size, the home’s many efficiency upgrades reduced its energy bills by $500 a year.
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