From Dean Dowd on August 19, 2010 in Green Remodeling
Not so long ago, this tiny abode in Wilmington, N.C. sat on the market without so much as a nibble from potential buyers. So instead of twiddling their thumbs and letting the cobwebs form, Jay DeChesere and his wife, Heather, decided to gut and transform the house into an eco-friendly haven for the history books.
The rehab goal was to use as much green technology as possible to make the place self-sustaining and less energy-dependent than traditional homes on the market. In the end, the project received 113.5 points from the U.S. Green Building Councils LEED programthe highest rating ever for a complete remodel.
The house before renovation
How Did They Do it?
Cape Fear Green Building Alliance stepped in with a full plate of green wisdom. Here are some of the highlights (you can click each one to learn more about that feature):
- Geothermal heating and cooling system
- Water reuse for toilet flushing
- 3-kilowatt solar array in the backyard
- Rainwater garden
- Icestone recycled-content countertops
- Low-flow showerheads
- Windows with low-emissivity gas
To create extra living space, the DeCheseres turned the garage into a home office and added a carport to the side of the house. This upped the square footage from 1,230 to 1,648.
The Familys Total Costs
Post-reno, the familys total costs were approximately $130 per square foot, plus the $55 per square foot that they had originally paid for the house.
With 91 percent of the waste from the project diverted through donating, recycling, reusing and mulching, along with an impressively low energy efficiency score of 28 from HERS (traditional homes receive a score of 100), this home goes above and beyond in setting an example for green builders and homeowners everywhere.