You may notice every once in a while that I’ll partake in some gentle ribbing of deep green city, Portland, Ore. It’s nothing personal. I like Portland. But as a native Washingtonian, I gotta take jabs at Stumptown every once in a while.

Oregonians and Portland-boosters will be pleased with this snark-free post on a recently completed green home renovation in the city’s southwest district. Jetson Green initially reported on the once-icky-looking home that’s now vying for LEED Platinum status, an honor in the green home building biz that’s pretty far and few between.

Re-nest picked up on the story and claimed that this particular green renovation “might be our all-time favorite.” A bold statement considering the renovation-happy source. So what’s all the hubbub about?

You’ll see in the before and after photos that aside from the fact that the grass lawn has been completely removed and replaced with water-efficient landscaping, the home doesn’t look that radically different. The project, designed by Paolo Design Group and constructed by Green Hammer Construction, is a beautifully executed example of renovation restraint. The basic structure of the home remains the same and nothing has been added; it’s not flashy or wacky. It’s simple, clean and very green.

Here are a few of the green specs:

• Installation of ENERGY STAR appliances

• Installation of Pella fiberglass windows

• Installation of a closed-loop, ground-source heat pump

• Installation of a grid-tied solar photovoltaic system

• Use of FSC wood and reclaimed, salvaged building materials

• The recycling of 99 percent of construction materials

The home is currently for sale for $850,000. Interested? All you have to do is move to that godforsaken city of Portland.  

Via [Re-nest] via [Jeston Green]

Images: Paolo Design Group

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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