Home Improvement

This condo’s inner beauty

We love transforming older condominiums into gorgeous modern
– and healthy – havens. Condo renovations are becoming a mainstay for us at Greening
Homes, and the renovation community is taking note.

In February, two of our condominium projects were finalists for the ‘Best Condominium Suite Renovation’ category at the RenoMark Renovator and Custom Homes Awards, which is part of the National Home Show. Created by BILD in 1999, the awards program recognizes professional renovation general contractors for professionalism, quality of work and industry leadership. Nominees are evaluated by a team of industry professionals.

While the award focused on layout and aesthetics, both projects
demonstrate that beauty and environmental responsibility can go hand-in-hand.  

The Queen Street West project featured a jazzy interior design by Sam Sacks Design. As photo-worthy as this project is, we feel that the unseen elements are just as exciting.

All materials are toxic-free. This includes the kitchen
cabinetry, the primer, paint, caulking, adhesives, plaster, and butcher block
countertop. Everything. We used EcoLogo certified adhesives, sealants
and caulking, which are free of volatile organic compounds. The kitchen cabinets
were made from No-Added Urea Formaldehyde melamine interiors. Richlite
countertops were made from natural resins and paper.

This translates into 100 percent improvement in the
condo’s air quality. A photo is worth a thousand words; so too is inhaling clean
air.

Reducing energy, water use and waste was another
key goal.

We installed Energy Star rated appliances, including an
induction cooktop and 18” dishwasher. LED light bulbs were used for all light
fixtures. We also added pull-down shades to all windows to reduce the need for
mechanical cooling.

The Miele dishwasher consumes only 3.0 gallons of water per
cycle compared with the average 5.0 gallons for comparative models. The Watersense
certified low-flow toilet reduces water consumption by 75 percent.

We also diverted 79 percent of project waste from
the landfill, helping to save the homeowners $320 from landfill fees. This
include refinishing the existing barn doors used for the walk-in-closet, and refurbishing
the existing cast iron tub, saving both from disposal. We also patched the
existing wood floor with new custom milled reclaimed Elm wood to match.

We were mindful of team transportation to and from the site.
We biked and used the company electric car reducing an estimated 168 trips by a
combustible engine.

We estimate that the Queen Street West project saved 67
percent in C02 emissions!

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