Thursday, March 3, 2011
Okay so it's just our house you're touring but I thought it would be fun to share what we have done to make our home more open and eco friendly. We bought our little cement block home back in 2001 and have been remodeling, adding on and knocking down ever since. The original footprint was 840 sqft with all the rooms closed off from one another, pretty typical for the day but very depressing. I think in some homes it's a nice layout but in ours it just made it feel smaller and totally dark. We decided to convert the garage into a family room/playroom, knock down as many walls as allowed and add on 500 sqft bringing us up to 1640 sqft. We used as many eco friendly materials as we could afford, we were able to offset some of the cost by doing a lot of the work ourselves. We were able to pick some $$$ eco friendly materials like a dual flush toilet by Toto, recycled glass tiles from Ann Sacks and some less glamorous items like recycled jeans insulation and low VOC paint from EcoHaus. Things that make me giddy but so do power tools. We are still planning on blowing out some windows and turning them into glass doors and building out the front porch this summer but we've come a long way from the little bunker we bought so long ago. Here's a few more pics of the exterior that we completely plowed down and replanted....
Our architect for the addition was the wonderful Jay Lazerwitz.