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Project: 601 Third Avenue Remodel, Decatur, Ga.Size: 2,100 square feetPrice: $400,000Completed: July 2008Certifications: EarthCraft HouseHERS Rating: 58Architect: Eric Rawlings, Oakhurst, Ga.Remodeler: Renewal Design-Build, DecaturSite Engineer: Stability Engineering, Decatur

Southern Charmer

Renewal Design-Build overcame myriad challenges to re-use rather than raze an existing 80-year-old bungalow for this green Atlanta remodel.

Southern Charmer

Renewal Design-Build overcame myriad challenges to re-use rather than raze an existing 80-year-old bungalow for this green Atlanta remodel.

  • The Third Avenue project before.

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    The Third Avenue project before.

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    The Third Avenue project before.

  • Project: 601 Third Avenue Remodel, Decatur, Ga.Size: 2,100 square feetPrice: $400,000Completed: July 2008Certifications: EarthCraft HouseHERS Rating: 58Architect: Eric Rawlings, Oakhurst, Ga.Remodeler: Renewal Design-Build, DecaturSite Engineer: Stability Engineering, Decatur

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    Project: 601 Third Avenue Remodel, Decatur, Ga.Size: 2,100 square feetPrice: $400,000Completed: July 2008Certifications: EarthCraft HouseHERS Rating: 58Architect: Eric Rawlings, Oakhurst, Ga.Remodeler: Renewal Design-Build, DecaturSite Engineer: Stability Engineering, Decatur

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    Project Details
    Project: 601 Third Avenue Remodel, Decatur, Ga.
    Size: 2,100 square feet
    Price: $400,000
    Completed: July 2008
    Certifications: EarthCraft House
    HERS Rating: 58
    Architect: Eric Rawlings, Oakhurst, Ga.
    Remodeler: Renewal Design-Build, Decatur
    Site Engineer: Stability Engineering, Decatur

  • STOVE, PAINT, COUNTERTOPS

    The Morso 3440 wood-burning stove features a tertiary air supply system that ensures all fuel gases are burned, the company says. The cast-iron unit delivers up to 35,000 BTU/hour. It is EPA-approved and has received the Nordic Swan Eco-label, a European standard. 866.883.9619. www.morsona.com. The homes interior features Sherwin-Williams Harmony paint, a zero-VOC, low-odor formula that also offers long-term durability and good hide, according to the firm. The paint, which is available in a primer and a topcoat, is Greenguard-certified and has antimicrobial properties. 800.474.3794. www.sherwin-williams.com. Renewal specified IceStone countertops for the kitchen in Arctic sage and for the second-floor bathrooms in Alpine white. The Cradle to Cradlecertified material is made with 100% recycled glass and cement. Twenty-nine standard colors are offered; custom options are available for commercial projects. 718.624.4900. www.icestone.biz.

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    The Morso 3440 wood-burning stove features a tertiary air supply system that ensures all fuel gases are burned, the company says. The cast-iron unit delivers up to 35,000 BTU/hour. It is EPA-approved and has received the Nordic Swan Eco-label, a European standard. 866.883.9619. www.morsona.com. The homes interior features Sherwin-Williams Harmony paint, a zero-VOC, low-odor formula that also offers long-term durability and good hide, according to the firm. The paint, which is available in a primer and a topcoat, is Greenguard-certified and has antimicrobial properties. 800.474.3794. www.sherwin-williams.com. Renewal specified IceStone countertops for the kitchen in Arctic sage and for the second-floor bathrooms in Alpine white. The Cradle to Cradlecertified material is made with 100% recycled glass and cement. Twenty-nine standard colors are offered; custom options are available for commercial projects. 718.624.4900. www.icestone.biz.

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    Wood-Burning Stove
    The Morso 3440 wood-burning stove features a tertiary air supply system that ensures all fuel gases are burned, the company says. The cast-iron unit delivers up to 35,000 BTU/hour. It is EPA-approved and has received the Nordic Swan Eco-label, a European standard. 866.883.9619. www.morsona.com.
    Paint
    The home’s interior features Sherwin-Williams’ Harmony paint, a zero-VOC, low-odor formula that also offers long-term durability and good hide, according to the firm. The paint, which is available in a primer and a topcoat, is Greenguard-certified and has antimicrobial properties. 800.474.3794. http://www.sherwin-williams.com/.
    Countertops
    Renewal specified IceStone countertops for the kitchen in Arctic sage and for the second-floor bathrooms in Alpine white. The Cradle to Cradle–certified material is made with 100% recycled glass and cement. Twenty-nine standard colors are offered; custom options are available for commercial projects. 718.624.4900. www.icestone.biz.

  • WINDOWS

    Kolbe and Kolbe Ultra Series aluminum-clad push-out awning and casement windows feature lever handles, stainless steel friction hinges, and optional multi-point locking; FSC-certified wood is available. The windows, set high on the side walls, provide energy efficiency, daylighting, and ventilation while maintaining privacy. They are specified with LoE-270 coating and an argon gas fill. 715.842.5666. www.kolbe-kolbe.com. Circle 376.

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    Kolbe and Kolbe Ultra Series aluminum-clad push-out awning and casement windows feature lever handles, stainless steel friction hinges, and optional multi-point locking; FSC-certified wood is available. The windows, set high on the side walls, provide energy efficiency, daylighting, and ventilation while maintaining privacy. They are specified with LoE-270 coating and an argon gas fill. 715.842.5666. www.kolbe-kolbe.com. Circle 376.

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    Lauren Rubinstein

    Windows
    Kolbe and Kolbe Ultra Series aluminum-clad push-out awning and casement windows feature lever handles, stainless steel friction hinges, and optional multi-point locking; FSC-certified wood is available. The windows, set high on the side walls, provide energy efficiency, daylighting, and ventilation while maintaining privacy. They are specified with LoE-270 coating and an argon gas fill. 715.842.5666. www.kolbe-kolbe.com.

  • CISTERNS, SIDING

    Three cisterns around the exterior collectively store up to 600 gallons of rainwater from the roof. The cistern on the front of the house is cleverly hidden within a vertical column and is fed by a rain chain, providing a striking aesthetic detail. The cisterns provide up to 20 psi of pressure when full.The CertainTeed WeatherBoards fiber-cement siding contains 50% recycled content in the form of fly ash leftover from power plants, and the manufacturer obtains the majority of the materials wood pulp from sustainably managed forests. The siding is available in a range of styles, including cedar lap, shakes, half-rounds, and vertical panels. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com.

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    Three cisterns around the exterior collectively store up to 600 gallons of rainwater from the roof. The cistern on the front of the house is cleverly hidden within a vertical column and is fed by a rain chain, providing a striking aesthetic detail. The cisterns provide up to 20 psi of pressure when full.The CertainTeed WeatherBoards fiber-cement siding contains 50% recycled content in the form of fly ash leftover from power plants, and the manufacturer obtains the majority of the materials wood pulp from sustainably managed forests. The siding is available in a range of styles, including cedar lap, shakes, half-rounds, and vertical panels. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com.

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    Lauren Rubinstein

    Cisterns
    Three cisterns around the exterior collectively store up to 600 gallons of rainwater from the roof. The cistern on the front of the house is cleverly hidden within a vertical column and is fed by a rain chain, providing a striking aesthetic detail. The cisterns provide up to 20 psi of pressure when full.

    Siding
    The CertainTeed WeatherBoards fiber-cement siding contains 50% recycled content in the form of fly ash leftover from power plants, and the manufacturer obtains the majority of the material’s wood pulp from sustainably managed forests. The siding is available in a range of styles, including cedar lap, shakes, half-rounds, and vertical panels. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com.

  • SKYLIGHT

    Energy Starrated, the Solatube Brighten Up Series tubular skylight provides natural light to the laundry room. The unit includes the manufacturers optional light kit for nighttime use. The company offers 10-inch- and 14-inch-diameter models. 888.765.2882. www.solatube.com.

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    Energy Starrated, the Solatube Brighten Up Series tubular skylight provides natural light to the laundry room. The unit includes the manufacturers optional light kit for nighttime use. The company offers 10-inch- and 14-inch-diameter models. 888.765.2882. www.solatube.com.

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    Lauren Rubinstein

    Skylight
    Energy Star–rated, the Solatube Brighten Up Series tubular skylight provides natural light to the laundry room. The unit includes the manufacturer’s optional light kit for nighttime use. The company offers 10-inch- and 14-inch-diameter models. 888.765.2882. www.solatube.com.

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    HP Building Solutions maneuvered compact drilling equipment into the partially demolished existing structure to help contain some of the mud generated by the geothermal installation.

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    Renewal rebuilt the home on the existing foundation and navigated around the original bathroom, porch, and recently added rear deck. The SIPs, installed by HP Building Solutions, are manufactured by Global Building Solutions and feature an EPS foam core for an R-value of about 4 per inch.

Renewal Design-Build was blessed with a green remodeler’s dream: a Decatur, Ga., couple eager to renovate their home as sustainably as possible. But even with free rein to go green, the project still had its challenges: Transforming the 1930s-era single-story bungalow into a two-story EarthCraft-certified home meant navigating a tight lot and a small footprint, all while working around several remaining pieces of the original structure.

The project’s mission was a familiar one for remodelers: Expand the two-bedroom, 940-square-foot house into a space large enough to accommodate the owners’ soon-to-be-growing family. Not as common was the husband’s extensive knowledge of green building practices and willingness to use costlier technologies that offer long-term payback. “It was a great commitment beginning with the home­owners who sought out an architect who was very conscious and knowledgeable about green design and a contractor who was equally committed,” says Renewal project manager Lisa Manka.

Though completely razing the building would have been the easiest route, Renewal opted to keep as much of the foundation as was structurally possible, as well as the home’s only bathroom, its front porch, and a recently added composite deck on the rear.

These constraints, combined with the 50-foot lot width, limited architect Eric Rawlings primarily to an upward expansion within the confines of the existing footprint, save for an extra 100 square feet added to the back. Even with an extra story, Rawlings had to be creative to meet the design parameters including four bedrooms and two additional bathrooms.

Aside from a guest room, the structure’s first floor favors open space, letting traffic flow through the main living room instead of hallways. Rawlings also minimized circulation area on the second floor and eliminated unnecessary space.

The design incorporates strips of clerestory and high-set casement windows to enhance daylighting and increase ventilation while still providing privacy. Overhangs shade many of the windows; a 9-foot cantilever on the second floor shades the lower level of the east-facing side, where windows were kept larger to maintain the home’s principal view.

The tight lot also necessitated careful planning of deconstruction to accommodate the installation of EarthLinked Technologies’ geothermal heating and cooling, a homeowner-requested feature Renewal was specifying for the first time. Once one side of the house was removed, geothermal contractor HP Building Solutions maneuvered compact equipment into the footprint to drill 100-foot wells for the geothermal tubes. By completing this task while the original roof was still in place, mud was contained.

Following the geothermal installation, Renewal dismantled the rest of the original structure, keeping most of the foundation footings and some of the hardwood flooring in tact, as well as the first-floor bathroom—whose tarp-protected shell protruded noticeably until the new walls went up. Unpainted wood was turned into mulch for flowerbeds and to protect the driveway during construction; brick footings that needed to be replaced were ground up and used for soil amendment.

HP also was responsible for building the home’s new shell with Global Building Solutions structural insulated panels (SIPs); Icynene foam was sprayed along the roofline and under the subfloor.