Merit Award: Green Remodeling: Salvage Beauty

This green remodeling project upgraded a 1950's ranch using sustainable elements. For example, the posts that support the structure of the porch were salvaged from a saw mill. The deck is made of Forest Steward Council (FSC) certified Ipe with hidden fasteners.

The siding is fiber cement with window and door trim made of PVC. They were chosen because they are low maintenance and not susceptible to insect damage or rot.

Limiting turf areas and planting native and drought tolerant plants and grouping them by water needs reduced the irrigation load on the water system. The house is also plumbed for a grey water system to use water from the showers, non-kitchen sinks and clothes washer for irrigation.

The floors throughout the house are FSC certified solid Brazilian cherry chosen for their deep color and extreme durability.

Remodeler David Edwards drove around on his community's yearly dump day and picked up 100-year-old redwood from fences and decks that he milled to make interior trim.

Of the 37 new windows and doors in the house, 19 were found at salvage yards.

Five of the 12 interior doors are purchased from a salvage and deconstruction companies.

The Craftsman style mahogany front door as also purchased from a salvage yard.

The tile floors in the kitchen are slate, which the builder says is durable and resistant to water damage.

The kitchen and bath countertops are made of concrete or salvaged granite.

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