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Modern technology comes to bear on an 1888 home that needed an energy-efficient upgrade and more space.

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  • Use green practices and principles to renovate an 1888 house and reduce energy consumption; use additions to improve the circulation of the rooms on all three floors


Balancing the traditional detailing of the original house with the clients’ modern style, LDa Architecture & Interiors added more than 2,600 square feet to this family’s home.

The homeowners were concerned about the healthiness of their building, so the team brought modern technology to bear on upgrading the home’s air quality and comfort with a high-performance exterior envelope; efficient condensing gas boiler; LED-compatible light fixtures; shading devices; cellulose and low-density spray foam insulation; dual-flush toilets; and FSC-certified siding, decking, and framing materials. All this helped the home earn LEED silver certification.

Judges’ comments

The judges liked the thoughtful, sophisticated design of this renovation, especially the mudroom near the family entry to the house. —Nina Patel, senior editor, REMODELING.

Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Hansgrohe; Dornbracht

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Toto

Countertops: Solutions in Metal; Gerrity Stone; Stone Source

Dishwasher: Miele

Entry doors: Select Doors

Flooring: Hunt Flooring

Garage doors: Designer Doors

Hardware: Baldwin

HVAC: Carrier

Interior doors: Select Doors

Kitchen cabinets: Venegas & Co.

Kitchen plumbing fittings: Dornbracht

Lighting fixtures: Holly Hunt; Flos; Artemide; Lightolier

Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore

Range/oven: Wolf

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Roofing: CertainTeed

Skylights/roof windows: Velux

Structural lumber: Boise Cascade

Windows: Pella Corp.

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