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Capitol Improvements: Remodeling A Washington, D.C., Townhome

In Washington, D.C., an architect takes on the greening of a townhome.

The painted brick of the fireplace echoes the painted brick on the home’s exterior. Lightening the color of the townhouse minimizes the “heat island” effect often plaguing urban areas.
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The back porch was enclosed and turned into a comfortable sunroom.
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Rick Harlan Schneider, a LEED- accredited architect, believes in sustainability and resource conservation. His firm, Inscape Studio, successfully renovated and decorated his Washington, D.C., home according to these principles.
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Rick and Julie Schneider salvaged and recycled furnishings as well as building materials. Julie found this chair on the street.
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This bedroom is lit with compact fluorescent light bulbs, one of the Schneiders’ efforts to reduce energy consumption. Low-VOC paints add color.
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The large area rug in the master bedroom is made from carpet samples that Rick has collected over the years. The classic wooden folding chair was salvaged and refurbished.
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Serene blue low-VOC paint keeps the mood and spirit of the nursery comforting. The location of this home affords many conveniences for the entire family—including a school nearby for Rick and Julie’s twins.
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