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Houston Remodeling Guide Editorial about the Nations 1st Certified Green Renovation with an addition. Fort Bend Publishing and Larissa Michael of Volume Control colaborated on this project. Brad Carr of b-rad STUDIOS provided the photography.

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Houston Remodeling Guide - Editorial

  1. 1. HOME CertifiCate #00949
  2. 2. Houston Builders Produce Nation’s First green Renovation By Sandra Meineke W With money getting tighter and people becoming more aware of their own carbon footprints, the green move- ment has reached new heights. It not only affects the great outdoors, but the indoors as well. The government is offering tax incentives to home- owners for making green improvements to their homes. More trees are being planted, and con- sumers are asking for the most environmentally- friendly products available. In 2009, the National Association of Home Builders began offering green certification at three different levels. The nation’s first Certified Bronze Level Green Renovation and Additions is right here in Houston, inside the loop. The home is a Certified Green Home under ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard. “There’s been a change in the market ,” said remod- eler Allen Griffin, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP, of Gryphon Builders. “Where people used to tear down older inner city homes and replace them with new construction, One-story 1950s home now a two-story green home Photos courtesy of Brad Carr, b-rad studios HOUSTON REMODELING GUIDE / 2010 31
  3. 3. CLOSET 4'-5" x 2'-0" FAMILY 16'-3" x 14'-3" CLOSET Second Floor - 1/4" scale LIVING AREA 4'-5" x 2'-0" BEDROOM 16'-7" x 15'-0" Wood Floors 8' Ceiling Second Floor - 1/4" scale LIVING AREA Second Floor BEDROOM 16'-7" x 15'-0" UP Wood Floors 8' Ceiling WH Second Floor - 1/4" scale BATH 6'-7" x 4'-11" STORAGE 3'-4" x 4'-11" LIVING AREA BATH 5'-0" x 9'-7" Center Center Wood Floo 9' Ceiling BEDROOM 11'-1" x 15'-2" CLOSET Wood Floors BEDROOM 15'-6" x 13'-1" BATH 25" X 54" 8' Ceiling Attic Access 8'-4" x 2'-1" 4'-6" x 8'-9" Center OPEN BELOW BEDROOM 9'-4" x 9'-0" 11'-1" x 15'-2" Wood Floors Tile Floors 8' Ceiling 8' Ceiling CLOSET BEDROOM 12'-0" x 2'-2" 12'-0" x 13'-2" Vault Ceiling CLOSET 3'-9" x 1'-11" FAMILY 16'-3" x 14'-3" UTILITY 8'-6" x 9'-2" CLOSET LIVING AREA 4'-5" x 2'-0" 450 sq ft First Floor - 1/4" scale Second Floor - 1/4" scale LIVING AREA First Floor - 1/4" scale MASTER BATH 7'-4" x 11'-9" MASTER BDRM 16'-0" x 15'-11" First Floor LAUNDRY 8'-4" x 8'-1" BEDROOM 16'-7" x 15'-0" Wood Floors 8' Ceiling FAMILY 22'-8" x 13'-0" UP Wood Floors 9' Ceiling KITCHEN 14'-2" x 13'-0" Wood Floors 9' Ceiling BEDROOM 11'-1" x 15'-2" Wood Floors 8' Ceiling BATH 4'-6" x 8'-9" LIVING DINING 17'-10" x 12'-11" 10'-11" x 12'-11" Wood Floors 9' Ceiling Tile Floors 8' Ceiling PORCH 32'-0" x 4'-7" First Floor - 1/4" scale LIVING AREA 2385 sq ft Gryphon Builders 3630 Newcastle Design * Build * Remodel Hynes Residence 4125 Hollister Rd. Ste B Houston Tx 77080 SCALE PAGE 713-939-8005 www.Gryphonbuilders.com Floor Plan 1/4" A-3 32 HOUSTON REMODELING GUIDE / 2010
  4. 4. they are now realizing that revitalizing older homes makes sense economically. Remodeling is a better option for the overall environment because much of the old structure is reused and updated with the lat- est technologies, compared to a tear down which would all be in a landfill.” Changing an older home into a green home often takes minimal effort and expense. The Houston home— a one-story, three-bedroom 1950s ranch style house in “People are discovering that it is better to revitalize than to rebuild. “ Afton Oaks—has been transformed into a two-story, five- bedroom, traditional style home that qualifies for green certification. Remodelers saved the main components of the home—slab, structure, wood floors and bricks— and dispersed the new construction over the existing structure—going up, not out. “There are many post WW II production homes in the Galleria and Memorial areas with close access to town,” Griffin said. “People are dis- covering that it is better to revitalize than to rebuild. “ The homeowners didn’t specifically request a green THESE PAGES: The first step in the design/build process is creating a floor plan that meets the needs and desires of the homeowner. Next comes the tear-down, where the roof comes off and the work begins. The floors and interior elements that will be recycled have to be protected from the elements during reconstruction. Á After the roof and outside walls are removed, the newly-designed second story begins to take shape. HOUSTON REMODELING GUIDE / 2010 33
  6. 6. home. They just wanted a traditional, comfort- able home where they could raise their fam- ily. They wanted to get the children upstairs with their own bedrooms, bathrooms and playroom. The existing 8-foot ceilings were raised to nearly 10 feet. A stairway was added, along with trim and elements inside. Crown moldings were detailed larger than normal, and the down- stairs powder room became the main focal point. Built-in cabinetry in the powder room, designed by Peggy Fuller, ASID/RID#3904, of By Design Interiors, Inc., has the look of an antique mahogany piece of furniture, which fits nicely with the homeowners’ love of antiques. The tub was replaced with an acces- sible shower. Some windows were enlarged, and all were replaced with Low-E (emissivity) insulated glass with vinyl frames—designed to be low/no maintenance. All floorings in the home are wood or tile because of allergies in the family. The new high-efficency HVAC sys- tem also helps with allergies. Other green features include low flow water fixtures and toilets, centralizing the location of the water heater and indoor paint stains and finishes that are low VOC (volatile organic compounds). The project, led by Griffin, involved a num- ber of local NAHB members. “Having long THESE PAGES: A spiral staircase connects the downstairs to the new second floor. The family room is term relationships with your team is critical to decorated with a mix of old and new furnishings. Á Above left, the small downstairs powder room was pulling a project together,” Griffin said. “At one functional but not aesthetically pleasing. Above right, the new antique-look cabinetry makes the powder point, because of weather and other issues, room the focal point of the home. we were weeks behind on our production schedule. Everyone on our team understands HOUSTON REMODELING GUIDE / 2010 35
  7. 7. Newly-enlarged, energy-efficient windows bring the outdoors into the home, brightening a previously dark living room. Crown molding and triple-pane windows give a dramatic look to the recycled floors and furniture from the original home. Changing an older home into a green home often takes minimal effort and expense. the importance of taking care of the client, workmanship and quality that went into every and site development, indoor environ- and they all worked beautifully together to help detail of this major transformation. “We are mental quality and homeowner education. us deliver the home on time.” ending up with a new house essentially, while Some examples are: Included in the project were: BMC Select maintaining the unique qualities and charac- •heating, air conditioning and ventilation (cabinetry, doors, millwork); Pella Corporation ter that made this our home to begin with. The must be appropriately sized for an efficient (windows and doors); Casas Group (masonry); end result is a top quality home that our family and properly ventilated home, Cangelosi (stone); Truss Plumbing (plumbing); will enjoy for years to come.” •fans in the kitchen and bathrooms should and Ferguson (bathroom accessories and fix- According to the NAHB Model Green cycle fresh air inside, and release stale air, tures). Interior designer Peggy Fuller, with By Homebuilding Guidelines—based on the •low-VOC paints and finishes and wall Design Interior, helped the homeowners make national standards—a builder, remodeler papers should be used as well. difficult decisions about the interior aesthetics or developer must incorporate a minimum This project took five months from design to of the home. number of features in the following areas: build out. The result is a newly-remodeled The homeowners are delighted with the energy, water and resource efficiency, lot Certified Green Home. l 36 HOUSTON REMODELING GUIDE / 2010
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