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The Green Renovation on an Old House

A Craftsman-style bungalow in Oregon gets an eco-update with retrofitted, energy-conscious design features.

Photography by Stephen Cridland
The kitchen is truly eco-friendly. Stainless steel appliances add to the home’s energy efficiency and design sophistication Cabinets are constructed from alder, grown locally and harvested from farmed rather than old-growth forests.
This once more- than-plain-Jane bungalow gets a Cinderella makeover that’s both exciting and eco-friendly.
Photography by Stephen Cridland
Courtesy of Environmental Building Supplies
Courtesy of Planetary Solutions
Granite-block counters and granite-tile floors prevent the outgassing of harmful toxins often found in man-made surfaces. And a recycling area in the basement helps keep household waste out of the kitchen
To provide energy-efficient design, the couple used tilt-pack double-pane windows, custom-fit into the original wood window casings.
Baths boast low-water-usage toilets, a chlorine shower filter, and old-fashioned jute-backed linoleum made of wood-flour cork, limestone ­pigment, and linseed oil solvent.
A state-of-the-art, energy-conserving hot water heater works in tandem with a Trane heat-pump-driven electric heating and cooling system to keep both the household—and the energy bills—comfortable throughout the year.
Courtesy of The Trane Company
Carpeting and carpet pads throughout are made from ­­re­cycled, two-liter PET pop bottles
Courtesy of Environmental Building Supplies
Compact flourescent lighting is a simple, low-cost way to decrease energy use.
Courtesy of Real Goods
All paint in the home is ­natural and solvent-free, and adhesives and sealants are low-toxicity.

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