Green Home Guide

May 30th, 2008 by Peter Schmelzer

A Green Home

Interested in a Green Home? While this one is literally green, it does sport some sustainability features.

If you are interested in a “green” home, here is a tool to help get you started.

It is called the Green Home Guide, formulated by the US Green Building Council.

Follow the link to information about sustainable living, green design, remodeling ideas, and more.

And, of course, contact us for specifics about your housing needs. We can even help you pick the right shade of green for your “green” home!

Best regards,

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Holey Week

May 14th, 2008 by Peter Schmelzer

Trench for geothermal

The past seven days have seen excavation on two current projects, making this a holey week.

The shot above shows a trench dug to bury geothermal heating and cooling piping on Gates Avenue. After looking into horizontal boring and wells, trenching was selected. This method avoided rock and came in less expensive than the other two options. Today the trench looks like tilled lawn; it has been filled and leveled over the pipes. Soil corrections have already begun for the footings for the home’s rather significant addition. The home will appear as a cluster of buildings linked together with low, curved connective tissue.

Excavation for addition

Here is the hole for a petite addition on Union Street in Northfield. This will be a kitchen and mudroom addition to replace the sun porch and deck. Site constraints and the Owners’ sensibilities steered this addition toward a modern addition sympathetic to the historic home. Look for a low slope roof with greenery on top in the months to come.

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