Merit Award: Clean and Green

Converted from an apartment building to a single-family residence, this project though deceptively simple in plan offers plenty of rich detail and green design elements.

Designer Erla Ingjaldsdottir converted this five-unit apartment building into a single-family residence by remodeling less than 50% of the existing structure.

The wood beams that span the small open courtyard were reused from the existing house.

Recycled blue glass creates the illusion of a pool under the glass staircase. Large expanses of glass and sliding interior doors bring natural light to all areas of the house.

The designers signature is a kitchen island with integral stools that resemble cabinet doors when pushed in to the base. Erla Ingjaldsdottir did not use tile or carpet in the house.

Large sliding glass doors in the living room and master bedroom provide natural ventilation and a connection to the outdoors. The house has solar thermal radiant heating under the floors, as well as a solar hot water heater.

The bathroom sinks are made of a recycled rubber material.

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