My home is a classic Queen Anne Victorian, and one of many built in my town during the height of the style here in America. Built in 1890 “distinctive features” — as architects like to say — include the fabulous octagonal tower, many gables, stained glass, and some asymmetry, like offset doors and windows. During the renovation, I actually moved the door and added some windows, as I am a symmetrical sort of guy.
As part of the gut, we “greened” the whole house up, to the point of LEED certification.
The project involved renovating the original home (in red) and building an additional building behind it. Because of steps taken toward energy efficiency and sustainability, the final project was LEED certified.
The Queen Anne, ended up being the centerpiece of a 5-unit development, all green, that included four other condominium units. Some of the green features of these units include bamboo flooring, low-VOC paints and finishes, and locally sourced granite countertops.
Behind the walls, energy efficiency steps include double-glazed insulated glass windows, dense pack cellulose insulation, and a geothermal heating and cooling system.
Water mitigation steps include low-flow toilets and sinks, while all countertops and tiles are locally sourced.
The interior design uses many locally created furniture pieces. The floor coverings are chemical free, using no VOCs. Also, natural light allows for reduced use of electricity.
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