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Green Home pictorial tour

The other day I chatted with Kathleen O’Brien, the author of  Green Home Primer.   The book sits on my night stand, and I referred to it religiously while contemplating a green build.  Kathleen was writing an article on my house … Continue reading

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Journey’s end…almost

My friend Mark, who just retired from the construction business, sent me the Funk Chart which described my emotions throughout this project with complete accuracy.   Another good friend Dr. Lyly Fisher, one of the top dentists in the Seattle metropolitan … Continue reading

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Green Journey – House disappearing and appearing acts

The last couple months have been crazy busy.  Ted and the crew worked so fast I was happy they only worked three days a week, leaving me the rest of the week  with the house all to myself to absorb … Continue reading

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Craigslisting

I truly enjoy being able to recycle most of the building materials, whether selling or giving away the stuff to a good home.   Craigslist is quite user friendly but can be time consuming. My first giveaway was the laminate … Continue reading

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Re, re, re-cycle…

Ted and his crew began work in November.  Historically, November has been the wettest month for Seattle. True to the NW climate, it rained heavily for days. The side yard turned into mud.  Watching your house being torn apart in … Continue reading

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Construction begins with destruction…I mean deconstruction.

One day after our meeting, Parie noticed that I was unusually quiet. I told her I was tired and stressed. Stressed that I was tearing apart a perfectly good house… The house was solidly built by the former owner in … Continue reading

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The Right Size House

After many meetings, Parie came up with a modern design that fits my lifestyle, taste and budget. I didn’t want to build a monstrous three-story home. I really like the idea in Sarah Susanka’s book The Not So Big House … Continue reading

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The Dream Team

I was bitten by the green bug on the Green Home Tour.  During the tour, I met many architects and builders who were very passionate in their work, including George Ostrow of  Velocipede Architects, Jason Legat of Model Remodel, Martha … Continue reading

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It’s in my blood.

Recycling has been in vogue elsewhere before Portlandia. Growing up in Hong Kong I remember shopkeepers wrapping their products with newspapers in neat packages tied with seagrass.  The expertly tied seagrass loops act as carrying handles.  One can carry quite … Continue reading

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