How one home progressed and continues to move toward even less consumption of heating oil, city water, and other resources with a satisfying sense of progress, efficiency, and grace.
Discover the sequence, costs, ROI, details, and challenges of upgrading/renovating a 1900’s single-family home into a fabulous, energy-efficient duplex. A stacked, one-bedroom, 3/4 bath-with-laundry apartment up front has the glorious, main stairway. The back 2/3 of the structure is now a three-bedroom apartment (our home) with a full bath & a utility bath (toilet/sink/washer/wall-mounted drying racks). Both units have dedicated, off-street parking, amazing closets (with lights) and sunshine galore through a variety of unique and efficient improvements. The site contains several ecologically-progressive demonstration gardens as well as gathering spaces to connect with our community.