Purchased in the summer of 2010 in a terrible state of disrepair, the house was fully gutted, reinforced where the sturcture was failing and new interior layout was constructed for both floors. The central staircase was relocated to the north east corner to open up the main living space. A powder room was added to the main floor and two new baths added upstairs. The upper ceilings were vaulted into the old attic space to give a more elegant feeling in the bedrooms.
In all cases, recycling was the main focus of our efforts, beginning of course with the recycling of the 110 year old structure instead of tearing it down, and then recycling everything in it. What we didn't re-use, such as the old pipes, aluminum siding and windows, went to the scrap yard to be recycled. All of the old framing, hardwood trim and hardware were stripped and reused.
We owe a great thanks to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore where we purchase all of our wonderful light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, many doors and details salvaged from the great old homes in the area.
The kitchen cabinets and appliances were purchased as a complete set from a remodeling project in Green Bay. We were able to use every single piece from the purchase and nothing went to waste.
While we couldn't do much with the old asphalt roof, we did install a renewable cedar shake roof that one day in the future can be recycled and not clog a landfill with petroleum byproducts.
We installed heavy insulation to exceed building requirements and top rated windows and doors for an enegry efficient home.
Look for a feature article in the upcoming March 2011 edition of Lakeshore Luxury Living Magazine!