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Peak Moment Conversations » Blog Archive » 195: This Old House - Rethink, Reuse, Remodel
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195: This Old House - Rethink, Reuse, Remodel


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pm195_200.jpgTurn a century-old Seattle house into an efficient, energy-producing home using repurposed materials. Owner-builder Jim Bristow’s creativity extends to reclaiming dead spaces, jacketing his house with exterior insulation, and modernizing the kitchen with sleek previously used cabinetry and low-power LED lights. But he’s not stopping there. Along with maintaining a prolific front yard vegie garden, this green-minded guy is working with neighbors and the city to construct a storm water drainage and traffic circle at the nearby street intersection.

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3 Responses to “195: This Old House - Rethink, Reuse, Remodel”

  1. Iselin Celestine Says:

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    Wow. “Consume our way out of….” I greatly appreciate every new perspective that is voiced by our human community. For years, with all of the ‘green’ that is promoted in building, etc., I cannot but think that this is more marketing than substance - and, continued perpetuation of a consumer-driven approach to society. Further, as a person with chemical sensitivities, I find it tremendously distressing that our living structures, and virtually everything within them, are composed primarily of synthetic/toxic chemicals. Yet, in modernity, it hardly seems to occur to us to even question this - much less address such an overwhelming issue. Thank you, Jim, for your consciousness and ever-expanding nature of work that is reflective of this. And thank you Mia as well!

  2. Iselin Celestine Says:

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    From a visual aesthetic perspective at the end - once more struck by the contrast between wild (and largely edible?) landscapes…and the far more barren conventional ones. Utterly inviting - the first.

  3. Darlena Donaher Says:

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    Not to hijack this thread, yet we wish to learn some great source of LED lights retailer for the recently re-designed little house. We have no idea who is good and who is not…did you know anything about this LED Light web store? They are based out of California, as well as provide free shipping and tax free for us. I aren’t able to find any reviews about them - Green Supply LLC, 43575 Mission Blvd., #510, Fremont, CA 94539 - 1 (800)860-1387

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