When Suzanne Jones and Rob Elia bought their 1970s Northern California ranch home, they knew a green renovation was within reach and necessary. They traded out shag carpet, poor insulation and outdated appliances for recycled-newspaper insulation, tile floors and solar panels.
They’ve included a great photo gallery that shows use of recycled materials in a creative way. They also include a list of “the good stuff”
The Good Stuff
Solar electricity and hot water
Passive solar heating; no air conditioning
50 percent fly-ash concrete in walkway, entry slab, foundation repairs
Salvaged wood used whenever possible throughout house, deck, fencing, siding
Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood used when new lumber was required
Fallen oak from property used as columns, benches, counters, railings
Rainwater catchment (from Galvalume metal roof) used for irrigation
Brick pathway made from salvaged chimney brick
Most furniture purchased used
Energy Star dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine
Kitchen cabinets made from bamboo and FSC maple with natural, nontoxic finishes
Vermont slate tiles in kitchen chosen instead of foreign slate
Granite counters from salvaged remnants
Compact fluorescent lighting where possible
Salvaged bathroom tiles and tubs
Bathroom counters made from recycled glass or aluminum
Double-paned, insulated windows.
Insulation in roof (HCFC-free foam), walls (wet-spray cellulose from recycled newspaper) and floors (recycled denim batts).
All demolition materials, fixtures and plumbing recycled, reused or disposed of responsibly
And that, my dear readers, is how it is done!