Green Remodeling: "It'­s Fundamental"

A traditional ranch-style home goes green with energy-efficient and sustainable building products.

The three-bedrooom ranch-style home before designer Phil Kean added 1,400 square feet and made it greener by focusing on energy and water efficiency.

Kitchen before the remodel.

Bathroom before.

The new exterior is stucco and the roof uses Spanish-style concrete tiles. Phil Kean Designs also used Boracare (an EPA-registered low-toxicity pesticide) and Termidor (also EPA-registered) to protect against termites. Kean says, "This kind of structure system is durable in adverse weather conditions and helps protect against insect infestations."

Phil Kean Designs installed all Energy Star-labeled appliances in the kitchen. Over 95% of the home is lit with compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last longer than regular incandescent bulbs and produce less heat inside the home -- an important consideration in Florida. The home also has a high efficiency air conditioning unit, a solar water heater, and insulated glass windows.

Higlighted by a decorative fixutre lit by compact flourescent bulbs, the butler's pantry is an important gateway -- with an entry door off the garage -- and a link between the kitchen and dining room.

The formal dining room is part of the new addition on the front of the home. It adds square footage and helps achieve the exterior's Mission-style theme. Spray-foam insulation, insulated windows, and complact flourescent light bulbs create an energy-efficient structure. The flooring is travertine tile.

Spray-foam insulation, insulated windows, and complact flourescent light bulbs create an energy-efficient room. Travertine tile is used throughout the home.

The bedroom is lit with energy-efficient compact flouresscent bulbs.

All the bathrooms have dual flow toilets. A recirculating pump is located in the master bathroom -- the furthest location from the hot water heater -- and recirculates water until it becomes hot. This way, minimal water is wasted while waiting for hot water.

Travertine tile extends from the living room out onto the lanai to create a flowing indoor-outdoor space.

On the lanai, drought-tolerant plantings help reduce external water consumption.

In the yard, drought-tolerant plantings and microjet irrigation reduce water consumption. The solar panel (left side) is only visable from the backyard. The solar water heating system allows the homeowners to keep the electric backup heating element off for eight months of the year to truly enjoy free solar energy.

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