A few weekends ago, I stole away from my own house projects long enough to catch the last hour of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club‘s 2008 Home Tour.
I only had time to make it to the first house on the tour, but it was a good one– a nearby bungalow with a contractor for an owner that had recently undergone a “GreenStar” remodeling project. This means that they employed some of the latest techniques to reduce the environmental impact of their renovation projects and the ongoing carbon footprint of their house.
Their completed project list read like my to-do list:
- Renovate the attic and improve energy performance with spray foam insulation
- Install a tankless water heater
- Build custom wainscot and chair rail for the dining room
- Restore missing light fixtures with antiques or reproductions
- Renew the exterior with fresh paint in period-appropriate colors
The homeowners did all this plus a kitchen remodel and more, and the results look fabulous. Most amazing to me was that all their extensive work was completed in just a few months. That’s something a weekender like me can’t hope to achieve, though I aspire to results as nice as theirs.
But don’t just take my word for it. The homeowners have provided a website of pictures from their remodeling project for your perusal.