This 1960 rambler nestled along West River Parkway in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, possessed owners who were dedicated to both the concept and the spirit of sustainable and healthy construction. The impetus for their project was to provide better living space for themselves and their two daughters by adding a second floor. The new level houses two bedrooms, a common bathroom and a laundry room.
When Buck Brothers Construction broached the idea of attaining GreenStar certification, the home owners enthusiastically signed on. From beginning planning through the construction phases a collaborative process was put into play to ensure that all the participants (designers, contractors, suppliers and homeowners) “owned” the goal of creating a highly livable, energy efficient addition.
During demolition the roof framing was salvaged and re-sawn to create the railings for the new staircase. A dozen re-claimed doors were installed in doorways by the carpenters and as a unique closet partitioning system by the homeowner. Trees harvested from the neighborhood were transformed into beautiful flooring and cabinetry by a local company, Wood From the Hood. A new high-efficiency furnace and air-to-air exchanger, coupled with super tight construction standards put a lid on energy costs while raising indoor air quality. Water conservation was achieved by installing low-flow toilets, water restrictors on faucets – and rain barrels to feed the xeriscape garden. Even the dumpster service played a part, by recycling over 66% of the construction debris.
The best testament to the success of the project, and the enduring quality of the relationships, is that the clients have contracted for another remodeling project with the same quest for “green” practices and certification!
By Bob Buck, Buck Brothers Construction Inc.
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