Going Green Without the Greenbacks, 2011

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“Going Green Without the Greenbacks” presented by Eleanor Olsen, AKBD, principal of Total Spaces Design, is packed with tips to save you “greenbacks”, while “greening up” your home, and saving the planet. Eleanor’s seminar uses the example of a pitiful little house that most other General Contractors would consider a tear down to illustrate how it was turned into a charming cottage on a tiny budget. Total Spaces Design remodeled this house completely, on a very tight budget, using premium materials salvaged from Second Use, and a few other Earth saving salvage opportunities, sweat equity from the homeowner with how to tips along the way and Eleanor’s own unique brand of creativity.

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  • Striking a balance with budget and going green.
  • One Definition of green design minimal impact Conservation of water energy and other resourses Holistic house as a complete system for health and sustainability
  • Every project is different-one client may opt to implement only limited green practices into their remodel, while others may choose every green option available-either way, every bit helps our environment!
  • Our example project Reduced by not tearing down but refurbishing Reuse materials either that are in your project or someone elses. Recycle materials that can be to used in other ways Re-buy is seeking out salvaged materials to incorporate into your project. Going Green Without the Greenbacks increases your potential ROI, Return on Investment
  • VEGITATION HAD GROWN UP ON SIDING AND COVERED FOUNDATION VENTS MOSS COVERED ROOF OVERALL NEGLECTED PROPERTY THE UGLIEST HOUSE ON THE BLOCK
  • YUCKIEST WINDOWS EVER. FIXED SINGLE PANE, NO EGRESS, SIDE LOURVERED VENTS COVERED SOMEWHAT WITH WIRE MESH ON THE OUTSIDE AND ILL FITTING DOORS INSIDE THAT OPENED TO VENTILATE, BUT LEAKED AIR AND WATER WHEN CLOSED JALOUSIE WINDOWS AT REAR OF HOUSE ARE SO INAPPROPRIATE FOR OUR CLIMATE AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED FOR SUN PORCHES IF AT ALL.
  • NOTICE THE LITTLE VENTILATION DOORS INSIDE LOUVER WINDOW NO VENTILATION FOR COOKING FUMES OLD ENERGY GUZZLER APPLIANCES SHALLOW SINK DRY ROT BETWEEN KICHEN AND BATH WALL AND AROUND WINDOW POOR LIGHTING NO GFCI RECEPTICLES FLOOR PLAN VERY CLOSED OFF
  • SINGLE PANE SLIDER WITH POOR SEALS STAINED AND SMELLY CARPET, WALLS AND SAGGING ACOUSTICAL CEILING TILES OLD INEFFICIENT BASEBOARD HEATERS
  • MILLDEW COMING UP THE WALL WINDOW PLACEMENT TOO HIGH FOR EGRESS IF THEY DID HAVE OPERABLE GLASS.
  • TINY CRAMPED BATHROOM TUB/SHOWER COMBO WITH WINDOW NEXT TO ENTRY DOOR SILL DIDN’T SLOPE AND ENTIRE FRONT WALL WAS BEING HELD UP BY THE PLASTIC SHOWER SURROUND PANELS. TOILET IS OLD WATER GUZZLER AND LEAKING AT THE BASE
  • TEAM IN PLACE FIRST AND ALL ARE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING STAGE THE TYPE OF CONTRACT TIME & MATERIALS CONTRACTOR SET THE BUDGETS FOR ALL THE MAJOR MATERIAL PURCHASES HOMEOWNER AND DESIGNER WORKED TO BEAT THOSE COSTS AND THOSE QUALITIES CONTRACTOR GAVE UP CONTROL OVER THE ORDERING PROCESS BUT RETAINED FINAL APPROVAL OF MATERIALS FOUND HOMEOWNER AGREED TO KEEP WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE CONTRACTOR IN REGARDS TO THE PROCUREMENT OF THE MATERIALS EVERYONE AGREED TO SALVAGE AND RECYCLE EVERYTHING POSSIBLE
  • Future plans, close in the north side porch for a laundry room and a garage - involves moving the electrical Add an addition to the front to include living room/dining Add patio to south side for outdoor entertaining
  • This house is only 750 sq ft. That is what proponents of the passive house are recommending for square feet for 2 people. You have to really think about how the space will be used and how to make the most of the space you have. The houses in the popular book,” The Not So Big House”, that I tried to use as a resource for ideas, were gargantuan compared to this cozy cottage.
  • WINDOW LINERS MISSING ON TWO OF THE WINDOW AND NEEDED A LITTLE TOUCH UP PAINT, OTHER THAN THAT THEY WERE IN PERFECT CONDITION
  • SEALING UP THE HOLES AND CRACKS CREATES A HEALTHIER HOME BY KEEPING NOT ONLY DRAFTS OUT, BUT BUGS AND CRITTERS FROM INVADING YOUR LIVING SPACE
  • Adding insulation and sealing the gaps will return big savings on energy bills
  • IN our example project we had unsealed gaps from the crawl space to living space, and living space clear through to the attic. YOU CAN CHECK YOU HOME FOR DRAFTS AROUND WINDWS AND DOORS WITH A LIGHTED INCENSE STICK CARYY A SMALL PLATE OR ASH TRAY IF YOU HAEN’T RECYCKED ALL OF THEM YET TO CATCH THE ASH. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK AT YOUR LIGHT SWITCHES AND ELECTRICAL RECEPTICLES
  • Fiber Cement is made from natural sustainable products. Low toxicity materials, extremely durable and will not rot, which is a big plus in our wet climate. NATURALLY Termite resistant. Regional factories keep the carbon foot print down to a minimum. Durability and value go hand in hand with sustainability.
  • Sweat equity is always a GREAT way to get a good return on your investment, but done under the direction of a professional project manager, you are assured that you are doing it correctly. OUR AMATUERS WERE VERY PROUD OF THE PROFESSIONAL RESULTS THEY ACHIEVED
  • Our budget exterior is further enhanced by rescued plants from friends. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT IS THE SAME PLACE?
  • SHOWROOM CLOSE OUT FOR BATH FAUCET
  • The skylight is more private than the old window next to the entry, while still maintaining day lighting Found at Second Use for a fraction of the cost
  • WHITE WASHED CABINETS WERE FROM SECOND USE. THE OTHER CABINETS WERE SALVAGED FROM A HOME SHOW DISPLAY AND ANTIQUED WITH A CRACKLE FINISH, ALONG WITH ON THAT WAS USED AS OPEN SHELVING THAT HAD BEEN ORIGINAL TO THE KITCHEN. AIR SPACE AROUND FRIDGE & ENERGY STAR
  • BUTCHER BLOCK WAS A SCRAP ON CRAIGSLIST ELECTRICAL PANEL COVER PAINTED WITH BLACK BOARD PAINT FOR A HANDY BULLITIN BOARD NEXT TO BACK DOOR This house was so small there was absolutely no place to tuck the cat’s food and water dish out of the way except under this over hanging counter
  • FONT CHANGE
  • CARPET HAD BEEN STORED FOR A CONSIDERABLE TIME SO OFF GASSING WAS NOT AN ISSUE. CLIENT HAS A HEPA FILTER VACUMN AND THE PILE IS A VERY LOW AND VERY TIGHT COMMERCIAL GRADE.
  • LINGER ON THIS PAGE
  • Stock Blinds and leftover workroom fabric create a soft subdued view when needed. Another option for insulating might have been Hunter Douglas honeycomb blinds to increase the R-Value of the thermopane glass doors.
  • Separate the labor and cost of goods when billing your client
  • Keep this in mind when you are billing your clients and plan on breaking out the material charges from the labor charges, so they can get their tax credits
  • TRANSITION recap
  • MAISON VERT AT TO BEGINNING OF SLIDE SHOW
  • Before and after
  • Going Green Without the Greenbacks, 2011

    1. 1. Going Green Without the Greenbacks ELEANOR OLSEN, AKBD TOTAL SPACES DESIGN PRESENTS PROUD MEMBER OF
    2. 2. Going Green without the Greenbacks SAVING A HOME AND SAVING THE PLANET STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN A HOMEOWNER’S BUDGET AND Green Options
    3. 3. GREEN DESIGN Minimizes its impact on the environment through conservation of energy, water, and other resources, while contributing to the health of its occupants without compromising the aesthetic design. Approach a green project with a holistic view that sense and cents see the HOUSE AS A SYSTEM FOR health and sustainability
    4. 4. <ul><li>ENERGY EFFICIENT </li></ul><ul><li>HEALTHY AIR QUALITY </li></ul><ul><li>SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS </li></ul><ul><li>MINIMAL LANDFILL WASTE </li></ul><ul><li>NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION </li></ul>COMPONENTS OF GREEN DESIGN
    5. 5. <ul><li>Simple steps go a long way toward improving indoor air quality, lowering pollution levels, reducing landfill waste, and saving energy. </li></ul><ul><li>Contrary to popular belief, these steps don't have to be expensive. Many even generate an investment return greater than the monetary value spent on the project. </li></ul>
    6. 6. EXAMPLE PROJECT BEFORE <ul><li>TEAR DOWN OR RESCUE </li></ul>
    7. 7. NORTH SIDE SOUTHEAST CORNER BEFORE
    8. 8. windows before JALOUSIE AND LOUVER WINDOWS
    9. 9. KITCHEN BEFORE
    10. 10. LIVING DINING BEFORE
    11. 11. BEDROOMS BEFORE
    12. 12. BATHROOM BEFORE
    13. 13. DECISIONS BEFORE TEAR OUT BEGINS <ul><li>SELECT TEAM </li></ul><ul><li>DESIGN </li></ul><ul><li>BUDGET </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT TO REUSE </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT TO RECYCLE </li></ul><ul><li>SCHEDULE OF WORK </li></ul>
    14. 14. EXISTING FLOOR PLAN EXISTING PLAN
    15. 15. FUTURE PHASE STUDY Thinking about future additions now will help with overall plan
    16. 16. START WITH A GOOD DESIGN CHAMPAGNE TASTE AND A BEER BUDGET DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN YOU CAN’T HAVE WHAT YOU WANT Master plan
    17. 17. Know what will fit before you plunge into the salvage yards 750 sq. ft
    18. 18. The Treasure Hunt BEGINS <ul><li>NEW WINDOW BUDGET $1,500 FOR VINYL </li></ul><ul><li>3 FIBERGLASS CLAD WOOD THERMOPANE WINDOWS WITH PRAIRIE STYLE FULL DIVIDED LIGHTS AND 1 VINYL SLIDER FOR $845 AT SECOND USE </li></ul><ul><li>INCREASES ENERGY EFFICIENCY </li></ul><ul><li>Gained Egress in Bedrooms </li></ul><ul><li>SAVES LAND FILLS </li></ul><ul><li>VERY HIGH END </li></ul><ul><li>GREAT CURB APPEAL </li></ul><ul><li>INCREASES THE VALUE OF THE HOUSE </li></ul>
    19. 19. Insulate and Seal to Improve Energy Efficiency <ul><li>Add insulation to block heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer </li></ul><ul><li>R-38 IS RECOMMEMDED FOR ATTICS WHICH WOULD BE ABOUT 10-14” </li></ul><ul><li>CHECK WITH PSE OR YOUR LOCAL POWER COMPANY REGARDING REBATES FOR INSULATION </li></ul><ul><li>Seal air leaks throughout to block drafts, insects and critters </li></ul>
    20. 20. TEAR OUT REVEALS NO INSULATION and unsealed gaps An Easy SOLUTION TO GAINING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS TO ADD INSULATION Some Insulation was in the CEILING AND FLOORS BUT None in THE WALLS Time to correct Under-structured construction that is common in Post WW2 housing due to shortages of material at the time
    21. 21. INSULATED BEDROOM A BEAUTIFUL SITE KNOWING THE OCCUPANTS WILL BE WARM IN THE WINTER AND COOL IN THE SUMMER
    22. 22. <ul><li>Energy star.gov </li></ul><ul><li>has aids to help you show you where common leaks occur, like this illustration from an EPA pamphlet </li></ul><ul><li>SEALING BENEFITS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lower utility bills reduces noise pollution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reduces pollen and dust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps out insects and critters </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. EXTERIOR MATERIALS <ul><li>FIBER CEMENT SIDING - CRAIGSLIST $260 </li></ul><ul><li>HIGH END EXTERIOR PAINT GREEN 7 GAL.- CRAIGSLIST $30 </li></ul><ul><li>CORNER BOARDS AND TRIM - Contractor Boneyards </li></ul><ul><li>OUTDOOR LIGHTING - SEATTLE LIGHTING WAREHOUSE SALE </li></ul>New Screened Louvered Vents in gable ends replace the row of drilled holes previously not serving very well in venting the attic
    24. 24. SIDING INSTALLED BY HOME OWNER
    25. 25. EXTERIOR AFTER
    26. 26. BATHROOM MATERIALS <ul><li>VANITY - SECOND USE </li></ul><ul><li>LO-FLUSH WATER CLOSET - EARTHWISE </li></ul><ul><li>SKYLIGHT - SECOND USE </li></ul><ul><li>SCONCES - SECOND USE </li></ul><ul><li>FLOOR TILE - CRAIGSLIST </li></ul><ul><li>MEDICINE CABINET - REFURBISHED AND REUSED </li></ul><ul><li>WALL TILE - HABITAT’S HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE </li></ul><ul><li>COUNTERTOP TILE - CONTRACTORS BONEYARD </li></ul><ul><li>TUB AND SINK WITH FAUCET - SALVAGE FROM Builder FRIEND </li></ul><ul><li>LOW SONE EXHAUST VENT/LIGHT COMBO - BIG BOX STORE </li></ul>
    27. 27. SKYLIGHT <ul><li>BATHROOM SKYLIGHT FROM SECOND USE </li></ul><ul><li>ALLOWS FOR DAY LIGHTING WHICH SAVES ENERGY </li></ul><ul><li>OPERABLE VENT TO LET HEAT ESCAPE IN THE SUMMER, KEEPING HOUSE COOLER </li></ul>
    28. 28. BATHROOM AFTER
    29. 29. KITCHEN MATERIALS <ul><li>OVER SINK FLOURESCENT LIGHTING - SECOND USE </li></ul><ul><li>CABINETS - SALVAGED HOME SHOW DISPLAY & SECOND USE </li></ul><ul><li>1 CABINET - FROM ORIGINAL KITCHEN LESS THE DOORS </li></ul><ul><li>COUNTERTOPS - CONCRETE LIQUID STONE </li></ul><ul><li>WASHER/DRYER CABINET - THIS AND THAT </li></ul><ul><li>REFRIGERATOR - NEW ENERGY STAR CLOSEOUT SALE </li></ul><ul><li>DISHWASHER - RECYCLED FROM ANOTHER REMODEL PROJECT </li></ul><ul><li>RANGE - CLIENTS OWN - SWITCHING TO STAINLESS IN FUTURE </li></ul><ul><li>HIGH END SINK AND FAUCET - CONTRACTOR’S BONEYARD </li></ul><ul><li>RANGE HOOD - DISCONTINUED CLOSEOUT </li></ul><ul><li>BACKSPLASH TILE - BEDROCK RECYCLED GLASS </li></ul><ul><li>WASHER DRYER - CLIENTS OWN ENERGY EFFICIENT </li></ul><ul><li>MICROWAVE - CLIENTS OWN 1/2 SIZE MICROWAVE </li></ul><ul><li>BUTCHER BLOCK SCRAP - CRAIGSLIST </li></ul>
    30. 30. KITCHEN AFTER
    31. 31. COUNTER / BACKSPLASH LIQUID STONE COUNTERTOP RECYCLED GLASS TILES Crackle Finished hand rubbed cabinetry
    32. 32. LAUNDRY CABINET STACKED WASHER DRYER SAVES ENERGY, WATER AND SPACE
    33. 33. Master Bedroom Text PAINT MIS-MIXED SECRETARY - CRAIGSLIST CLOSET DOORS - SECOND USE WINDOW SHADE - DESIGNER SURPLUS FABRIC
    34. 34. second bedroom PAINT - MIS-MIXED $5 DESK - CRAIGSLIST $0 WINDOW TREATMENT - FAMILY TRUNK & BED - CLIENT’S OWN DISPLAY CASE & ART - DESIGN CONSIGN CLOSET DOORS - SECOND USE
    35. 35. INTERIOR DOORS <ul><li>FRENCH DOORS - EARTHWISE </li></ul><ul><li>INTERIOR DOORS - SECOND USE </li></ul>
    36. 36. Exterior Doors <ul><li>FRONT ENTRY DOOR - SECOND USE </li></ul><ul><li>KITCHEN ENTRY DOOR - SECOND USE </li></ul><ul><li>FRENCH DOORS - EARTHWISE </li></ul>
    37. 37. HEATING AND LIGHTING <ul><li>ELECTRIC ZONE HEATERS WITH INDIVIDUAL BACK-SET THERMOSTATS </li></ul><ul><li>BEDROOM CEILING FIXTURES - ENTRY HALL LIGHT - BIG BOX BUILDER CENTER </li></ul><ul><li>CARPET - SURPLUS FROM COMMERCIAL JOB </li></ul><ul><li>CHANDELIER SHADES - BIG LOTS </li></ul><ul><li>CHANDELIER - FAMILY SALVAGE </li></ul><ul><li>ATTIC ACCESS FOLD DOWN LADDER- CRAIGSLIST </li></ul>
    38. 38. SOFA -CHILDRENS HOSPITAL THRIFT SHOP DINING TABLE - CRAIGSLIST DINING CHAIRS - DESIGN CONSIGN TABLE SETTING - MARSHALLS LAMPS - BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY WINDOW CURTAIN - DESIGNER SURPLUS ARMOIRE - CRAIGSLIST FURNISHINGS
    39. 39. living dining room
    40. 40. The perfect scale of armoire at only 66” high to store video, audio equipment and games
    41. 41. GREEN SOURCE LIST 21 South Nevada St., Seattle, Wash., 98134 http://www.seattlehabitatoutlet.org/ Habitat Home Improvement Store SOURCE WEBSITE ADDRESS SECOND USE www.seconduse.com 7953 2nd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98108 EARTHWISE www.earthwise-salvage.com 3447- 4th AVE. S. , STE. E, Seattle, WA 98134 RE STORE www.re-store.org/ballard 1440 N W 52nd ST, Seattle, WA 98107 CRAIG’S LIST www.craigslist.org DALY’S www.dalyspaint.com 3525 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 SEATTLE PAINT www.seattlepaint.com 5 LOCATIONS SHORELINE TO TACOMA CONSIGN DESIGN www.consigndesign.us 1630 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119 BEDROCK INDUSTRIES www.bedrockindustries.com 1401 W. Garfield St, Seattle, WA 98119
    42. 42. ADDITIONAL RESOURSES CONTRACTOR BONEYARDS GARAGE SALES THRIFT STORES CONSIGNMENT SHOPS DISTRIBUTOR CLOSEOUTS SCRATCH AND DENT SALES CREATIVE RE-PURPOSING SURPLUS SALES Stock window treatments
    43. 43. <ul><li>Although many tax credits ended in Dec of 2010, there are still Residential tax credits available for Geothermal, Solar Systems and Small Wind turbines and fuel cells until 2016. </li></ul><ul><li>Local Energy Companies, like Puget Sound Energy, have several rebate programs. Look for details on insulation and Energy Star Appliances </li></ul>Visit www. energystar . gov
    44. 44. Additional Tax Credits for New and Existing Homes <ul><li>Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit through 2016 (for existing homes & new construction) for: </li></ul><ul><li>* Geothermal Heat Pumps </li></ul><ul><li>* Solar Panels </li></ul><ul><li>* Solar Water Heaters </li></ul><ul><li>* Small Wind Energy Systems </li></ul><ul><li>* Fuel Cells </li></ul>
    45. 45. appliance Rebates ASK YOUR APPLIANCE SALES PERSON WHAT IS AVAILABLE USUALLY $50-$200 Rebates <ul><li>central air conditioners </li></ul><ul><li>heat pumps (air source and geothermal) </li></ul><ul><li>boilers </li></ul><ul><li>furnaces (oil and gas) </li></ul><ul><li>room air conditioners </li></ul><ul><li>clothes washers </li></ul><ul><li>dishwashers </li></ul><ul><li>refrigerators/freezers </li></ul><ul><li>water heaters </li></ul>Data of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency http://www.dsireusa.org/
    46. 46. ENERGY EFFICIENCY <ul><li>ADD INSULATION </li></ul><ul><li>Seal air gaps </li></ul><ul><li>INSTALL THERMOPANE WINDOWS </li></ul><ul><li>INSTALL DIMMER SWITCHES </li></ul><ul><li>INSTALL ZONE HEATERS WITH backset THERMOSTATS </li></ul><ul><li>USE ENERGY STAR WASHER AND DRYER </li></ul><ul><li>Use energy efficient Refrigerator with sufficient air space to let the coils breath and run efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>fluorescent fixtures </li></ul>
    47. 47. AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS <ul><li>VENTILATION IN BATH AND KITCHEN </li></ul><ul><li>VAPOR BARRIER IN CRAWL SPACE </li></ul><ul><li>CLEAR DEBRIS AROUND CRAWL SPACE VENTS </li></ul><ul><li>INSTALL GABEL END VENTS IN ATTIC SPACE </li></ul>
    48. 48. NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND REDUCED LANDFILL <ul><li>MANY RECYCLED MATERIALS WENT INTO our example project THAT SAVED MONEY AND SAVED OUR LANDFILLS </li></ul><ul><li>MATERIALS REMOVED WERE RECYCLED WHERE APPROPRIATE </li></ul><ul><li>CONCRETE COUNTER TOPS </li></ul><ul><li>Aerators and flow restrictors used in faucets and showers </li></ul><ul><li>Lo Flow Toilet installed </li></ul><ul><li>Used lowest water usage available Front load Washer </li></ul>
    49. 49. Value of Property <ul><li>Purchased for $246,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement cost $32,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Approx. Value Today $320,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in Value $73,500 Net </li></ul><ul><li>Increase $41,500 to $51,000 </li></ul>Possible Tax Credit and Rebate qualifications 30% tax credit on insulation and windows up to $1,500. Rebate on Refrigerator, Washer $$ for Recyling Old Refrigerator
    50. 50. Some recent treasures waiting to be repurposed
    51. 51. Waiting for repurposing in your new bath
    52. 52. The Favorite Teal Blue AGA Natural Gas $5295.
    53. 53. Sunday January 30 10am-4pm tell your friends who missed us this weekend to look for Total Spaces Design at the Phinney Neighborhood Center Home Design and Remodel Fair
    54. 54. Simple things You can do to save the planet Install dimmer switches Turn the water off when brushing your teeth Install new AK Shower Head Do more laundry in cold water Look at LED lights for new lighting purchases Install shutters or honey comb blinds to increase the R- Value Recycle your next remodeling tear out

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